ID Scanner Company Collects Sensitive Information on Million

ID Scanner Company Collects Sensitive Information on Million

From Anny David

ID Scanner Company

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Patrons claim it sells the security. Privacy advocates fear it is selling mass surveillance.

It's something we have all witnessed, and some of it has even been experienced. A bar patron yells at a bouncer, tags the wall, fights with another patron, or is too drunk and disorderly. They are kicked out of the bar for the night and "eighty-sixed" -- permanently banned.

Imagine if a bar owner could digitally flag the patron who was being ejected, documenting their transgressions for other bar owners, and then placing them on a nightlife equivalent to a no-fly list that spans cities, states, and even internationally.

Patrons make it possible for bars to do exactly that. PatronScan kiosks can be placed at bars and nightclubs to verify ID authenticity and track customer demographic information. Bars will appreciate accurate ID scanners as they can help to weed out underage drinkers and protect their liquor licenses from being revoked or rescinded by the strict state alcohol boards. PatronScan's primary selling point is security.

PatronScan allows businesses to keep track of customer behavior and flag them, alerting all other patrons. At the discretion of the bar manager, "bad behavior" can be anything from sexual assault to violence to public drunkenness and others. Patrons can keep their status for as long as they like, from several weeks to months. PatronScan's "Public Safety Report" for May 2018 shows that the average length of bans given to customers in Sacramento, California was 19 Years. (The full "Public Safety Report" of the company is embedded below.

Patrons claim to have more than 40,000 customers banned by the network.

Patrons also reported that it had collected information on more than 10,000 Sacramento patrons in one day. Over 500,000 bargoers were covered by this information in just five months. Patrons claim it has a networked database of over 40,000 banned customers. Many of these people may not be aware of their eighty-six status until they attempt to enter another bar covered by the system.

PatronScan's product is a concern to some. It raises concerns about privacy, surveillance, and discrimination. PatronScan reports show that the company tracked where customers lived, their household demographics, how far they traveled to bars, and the number of bars they visited. According to company policies, the company will share any information it gathers about patrons (both banned and non-banned) with police upon request. PatronScan sells its kiosks to bars and nightlife establishments. However, the company also advertises directly with cities to encourage adoption.

PatronScan is a great example of how restaurants and bars are increasingly using data collection. These establishments have had informal systems in place for tracking troubled patrons for a long time. Many bars have modern internal surveillance systems that track customer trends and provide detailed data about purchasing habits. These tools are becoming more sophisticated and have obvious benefits for venue owners as well as law enforcement.

PatronScan was originally launched in Canada by Servall Biometrics (a Calgary-based developer of software). The company has since expanded to the United States and Australia. It calls its product the "most advanced ID scanning system" and claims it has scanned IDs in more than 60,000,000 patrons in more than 200 cities. This makes it North America's largest ID scanning company by best fake id scanning. Patrons did not respond to specific queries or requests for comment, but it provided limited information about its system policies and procedures.

PatronScan scans government-issued IDs' barcodes to verify that they are legitimate. According to the company, its system can recognize over 5,000 types of IDs from all around the globe. This is a very useful service. Selling alcohol to minors can result in bars paying thousands of dollars in fines and ultimately losing a costly liquor license. Patrons have a variety of models available. These range from a simple handheld device to a more complex standing desk with a tablet or camera. According to the company's marketing materials, a standard system will cost venues $4,200 annually.

PatronScan's services go beyond detecting fake IDs. PatronScan promotes its services by saying that 95% of incidents are caused or perpetuated by 1% of patrons. A manager will approve the ban and set an expiration date. The ban can be logged in PatronScan's network.

According to the "Public Safety Report," customers in Sacramento, California, received an average of 19 years worth of bans.

PatronScan's marketing materials claim that the system gives police "powerful tools to remove dangerous persons from the nightlife[sic]," such as gang members or drug dealers, and PatronScan makes scanner information available to local law enforcement on an individual basis without a warrant. According to the company's data, Sacramento police, California, where PatronScan is used at more than two dozen bars, have requested data ("extractions") from the system at least 53 of the 53 times since 2016. Kristi Morse from Sacramento Police, who supports PatronScan at local bars, said that they use it alongside traditional investigative methods. The system verifies ID cards and discourages underage drinking, and gives patrons a sense of personal accountability, making nightlife safer for everyone.

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