Revellers visiting the Black Sheep bar in Croydon will soon be forced to hand over their personal details and be finger-printed under a new scheme which the Standard predicted this week could soon spread across London bars and clubs.
Bar owner Paul Bossick justified printing his customers on security grounds, and laughed off civil liberties issues to the concern of Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti.
Publicans are right to want to protect their customers from drunken thugs but treating us all as criminals is hardly the answer, she told the Standard, Deal with those who actually misbehave and dont make everyones night in the pub feel like a night in the nick (cells).
A similar scheme is currently being promoted in New York by surveillance company AS Communications and Security, whose biobouncer facial ID club product was recently branded creepy by the Village Voice. Writing on their corporate website, the company predicts biometric entry schemes could proliferate at clubs across the USA, creating instantly accessible national databases excluding undesirables from all clubs and bars.
Its no secret that nightclub violence has been on the rise lately. It has resulted in horrific injuries and deaths, bad media attention, and lost business. Once a club develops a reputation for having a dangerous crowd, the good customers start going elsewhere, the site warns.
These dangerous individuals have broken club policy in the past and are not welcome anymore. Maybe they are known to carry a weapon, have been removed for violence, or have violated the clubs illicit drug policy.
Pet Shop Boy singer Neil Tennant, meanwhile, kept up his crusade against compulsory ID cards in the UK this week, telling Vanity Fair we cant live in a total surveillance society.
My specific fear is that we are going to create a society where a policeman stops me on the way to Waitrose on the Kings Road and says Can I see your identity card I dont see why I should have to do that.
ID Card Links:
http://www3.sympatico.ca/mighty1/personal/esther.htm (Personal Reflections - In Hiding: ESTHER BEM: We were to receive false ID cards with brand new names, brand new past, new identity and uncertain future. So we became Elsa, Elena and Arturo Tamino. Only the village priest and the Count of the region knew the truth . . .)
http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/resource/idcards.pdf (Holocaust Museum ID cards and the Nazis)
http://www.fluxcard.com (Fake ID cards)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)