Nanaimo nightclub owner Jerry Hong has no immediate plans to remove a security system that collects personal information from patrons at his clubs, despite a B.C. privacy commissioner ruling on Tuesday that said scanning driver’s licences of bar-goers violates privacy laws.
The province’s privacy commissioner launched an investigation in 2007 after a customer complained that Vancouver’s Wild Coyote Club had swiped his licence through a card reader and was required to have his photograph taken before entering the bar.
He later complained under the provincial Personal Information Protection Act, which regulates the collection of information by businesses.
On Tuesday, B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis ordered the company to stop the practice and to destroy the information collected.
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