Police in Multnomah County quietly suspended a new data mining
program this week after a local newspaper began questioning its
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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