Via the IPA’s FreedomWatch:
Premier O’Farrell’s latest idea involves compulsory linked ID scanners in every Kings Cross venue. So, you go into a bar, you have your ID scanned, and if you’re later thrown out of that bar it will register when you try to enter the bar next door, and you’ll be denied entry.
The proposed ID scanners also raise a few privacy issues. NSW police will also be able to access the scanners to ‘help them identify offenders or victims when a crime has occurred.’
The O’Farrell government claims that protocols will be put in place ‘to appropriately protect and handle confidential information that venues collect using ID scanners’, but as we’ve seen today in the case of Myki, information that can be used to track individuals is routinely handed over to state police in the absence of a warrant.
O’Farrell says that ‘People who go out for a nice meal, a dance or a few drinks shouldn’t be subject to brawls, drunks and people high on drugs.’ Perhaps Premier O’Farrell should also consider that people who go out for a nice meal, a dance or a few drinks shouldn’t be treated as potential criminals before they’ve done anything wrong.
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