According to the CBC, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia has approved a modified version of the BarWatch program. Bars, under BC's Personal Information Protection Act, are allowed to swipe a patron's drivers license or other ID, collecting name, gender, date of birth and a photograph of the patron. The information must be deleted within 24 hours, except for "rowdies", whose information can be kept and exchanged with other bars through the BarWatch database. See: Privacy commissioner OKs Barwatch software.
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