Originally posted by xoxo stacie
Scanning the bar code on a drivers license can bring up ALL information the police have on you. While adding your name to a list of people at said
bar; so that when they pull you over later they can get you for drinking easily.
Think about it.....
I'm against further uses of ID tagging as well, but you're a little misinformed here.
The bar code is merely a number which points to your file.
Your file is on a database elsewhere.
Basically, if bars were to use your bar code (sorry, just realized the irony of the name)... anyways, if bars were to use your bar code, they
wouldn't be logging into the police archives to check on your criminal history... all they would have is a number which should point to your
information on a database provided for the bars
Id's codes typically follow basic patterns, beginning with a simple counter number and finishing quite often with your date of birth.
That number tells you nothing, other than your date of birth, and perhaps how old your ID is, that is, if you know how to read the code.
However, yes, access to government/police databases will allow you to punch in that code to look up anything they have on file on that particular
person, on that particular database. But the police aren't about to open up their database to a bunch of bars... that would give literally EVERYONE
Now, most people can't naturally read bar codes. If you have an ID with a bar code, or a magnetic strip... guess whats encoded in that?
The old bar codes only contain your identification number, and your age (which is part of your identification number).
The 2D bar codes contain your identification number, your age, and your name.
The magnetic strips contain the same as the 2D bar codes.
That's not much information.
To get any REAL information on someone, you have to access a police database.
What the bars are proposing here can be done without access to the police database. I think some wires got crossed when people heard about the
proposal. They can get your name and age directly from the magnetic strip and the 2D bar code.
Heck, I can get your name and age from it.
However, if they want to see a picture on file for you, THEN they will need a database set up.
But I seriously doubt the police would be willing to hand over their database to a bunch of bars. Hence, they'd set up a separate database for the
[edit on 4-2-2009 by johnsky]