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The convenience and the privice privacy issues of barcode scanner

  • Author:Rick
  • Source:From Yumite
  • Release on:2015-08-03
Jerry wondering why, at age 72, he had to have his license swiped at Hy-Vee to buy a six-pack of beer.

"I don't know if this is common practice, but I don't remember signing anything when I received my driver's license that said the local grocery store was given the right to capture all my information (Social Security number, identification number, address, etc.) When did this happen?" he asked.

Roberts says he could just imagine how that information would be protected and wondered whether it would be sold to marketers.

"I don't want to have to trade my information just to buy a six-pack of Ruby," he said.

I contacted Tara Deering-Hansen, vice president of communications for Hy-Vee, and she said no personal information is gathered or stored from scanning IDs.

The scanner only screens date-of-birth information contained in a 2-D barcode on the back of a driver's license.

"Hy-Vee and many other retailers use age verification scanning to help keep alcohol, tobacco and other age-restricted products out of the hands of minors," a company statement said. "The system prompts the cashier to ask for identification from all customers who purchase age-restricted products, eliminating guesswork and reducing the chance of human error."

However, the company says, customers who do not wish to have their driver's license scanned may ask the cashier to call a supervisor. The supervisor may authorize the purchase without an electronic ID scan.