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Oregon Police Give Nightclubs ID Scanners to Datamine Customers

•, Mikael Thalen
Police in Multnomah County quietly suspended a new data mining program this week after a local newspaper began questioning its legality.
For the last several weeks, police have issued ID-scanning devices to clubs and bars all throughout Portland’s Old Town neighborhood. The scanners not only captured customers’ personal data, including names and photos, but uploaded all the information to a police database.
After receiving a three-year alcohol abuse reduction grant in 2011, Multnomah County awarded the nonprofit “Lines for Life” $60,000 to obtain the police-run scanners for multiple drinking establishments.

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