Options Tavern in Helensvale, Australia has implemented new security protocols that require patrons to submit a fingerprint sample in addition to their driver’s license and having a photo taken in order to enter the bar, according to a Goldcoast article. The system would tie the individual to the ID they used to enter the bar.
Lino Girardi, president of the local licensed venues association, asserts that other bars and taverns in the area are looking to implement similar systems. In addition to having the support of other local business owners, the Liquor Licensing Minister Peter Lawlor has also come out in favor of such measures to ensure the right people are being allowed into age restrictive clubs and the right security measures are in place.
Despite Girardi’s endorsement of the additional security measures, he admits that issues surrounding privacy and securing the data collected has not yet been tackled. Despite these concerns, there are no laws on the books to stop such systems from going into use. Increased security measures have become more popular in some of Australia’s areas to combat alcohol and drug related violence and assist with related arrests surrounding illegal activities.
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