What the hell is going on in Vancouver? The Vancouver Sun reports that 35 bars in the city are going to require patrons to swipe their driver’s license and have their pictures taken before entry. This information will then be shared with other bars in the Barwatch network. Of course, the management can also flag the person as a troublemaker if they so desire, and that information will be shared as well.
Owen Cameron who is the co-owner of TreoScope, the vendor most likely to provide the software, is quoted as saying “Most people are willing to give up a bit of anonymity for safety” and “We can start making Vancouver’s nightlife a little safer”. Privacy advocates are rightfully upset. Are the bars and nightclubs in Vancouver so much more dangerous than the nightspots in the rest of the world that they need this sort of security? Vancouver club goers would be best served by avoiding these establishments and taking their business elsewhere.