Clubs to begin finger scan pilot

From: clive.denton

Date: 2006-04-28 23:35:58

First they bring it in to schools for registering pupils and so they can get their school dinners, and now for pub and club goers. The Police seem to be pushing it as a way of stopping under age drinkers and keeping towns safe, which is the smoke screen the police state, sorry Clarky, like to use to get Jo public to except it all.   The thing is if the database is updated in real time that means the police know who is in a pub or club at any given moment. An Easy way to track criminals but also a great way to watch what normal law abiding people are getting up to. If they want to use this to monitor drinkers who may cause trouble does this mean that Restaurants and other vendors of alcohol like off-licences will start using this….     Clubs to begin finger scan pilot Biometric scanners have been installed in pubs and clubsPubs and clubs in Yeovil are to start scanning the fingers of drinkers in an attempt to make the town safer. Biometric scanners have been installed in a number of venues and from Friday revellers will be asked to register and provide a photograph and a finger scan. Once registered, they can be asked to give a fingerprint as proof of identity and age when entering pubs. The scheme, believed to be the first networked finger scanning system in England, is voluntary. Sgt Jackie Gold, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “There are many benefits, which include being able to easily verify the age of a person who is registered.” Easily updated She added: “It will identify those who have previously been intent on causing trouble. “The system is protected by the Data Protection Act and can be updated in real time. “If somebody is causing trouble in one pub and is removed from the premises, from the time it takes for that person to walk to another venue, the system will have been updated and the doorstaff at other venues will be aware.” She said the scheme had the added benefit that people who choose to sign up will not need to carry ID with them on a night out. BBCNEWS… avast! Antivirus: Outbound message clean. Virus Database (VPS): 0617-3, 28/04/2006Tested on: 4/28/2006 23:39:44avast! – copyright (c) 2000-2006 ALWIL Software.

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