Kim Cameron reports on a canadian night club scanning ID cards in order to bring down crime and violence:
“The Tantra Nightclub in Calgary had a practice of scanning driver licences before allowing people in. Clearly it is collecting and storing personal information as it includes an individualâ€™s photograph, license number, birth date, address, and bar codes with embedded information unique to the individual driverâ€™s license.
The club says that â€œWeâ€™ve got hard data that it works, we that says crime and violence is down in our venues by over 77%.â€ On the other hand, the Information and Privacy Commissioner described ID scanning as a deterrent to violent behaviour â€œconjectureâ€ not backed up by hard data and ordered the club to stop the practice.”
Of course, this violates the laws of identity, and Kim has harsh criticism:
“The owner is apparently bitter. But he could get around these problems if he would just change the clubâ€™s name to something more fitting. How about the Mein Kampf Eagle Lounge? Then having a functionary scanning â€your papersâ€ would just be part of the show – justifiable by any measure.”
This again brings Godwin’s law into the game, which is never a good start.
Actually, I think the topic around anonymous behaviour vs. behaviour when your identity is disclosed deserves a more down-to-earth type discussion. This is also a use of identity, even if identity gurus frown upon that. There’s no use in simply dismissing that, we need to provide guidance that creates a real alternative to collecting data.