21 Oct 2012

Bars put patrons at risk of ID fraud - security specialist

4:29 pm on 21 October 2012

A security specialist says bars storing pictures and information from identification cards are putting their clientele at risk of identity fraud.

Two bars in Auckland and a pub chain in Wellington are using ID scanner machines to capture and store information so they can catch people using fake IDs.

But a director of the information technology company, Unisys, John Kendall, says if bars retain biometrics, such as photos and identity details, thieves can use other technology to link to the databases and the information could be stolen.

Mr Kendall says there is no reason to retain photographs taken at a bar for more than 24 hours for the purposes of identifying underage drinkers.