Monday, February 25, 2008

No ID? Then no internet for you!

From India we read:

It seems the gravity of the Kolkata police’s order asking cyber cafes to check photo identity cards of visitors and recording their details, is lost on some cafes. The order issued by police chief Gautam Mohan Chakraborti came into effect on Saturday.

Turning a blind eye to the order, a section of cyber cafe owners refuse to implement it. Their excuse — they have not been “informed officially”. (more here)

Wow! Do you think this could happen in the USA? Wouldn't it make more sense to create a loyalty card situation where cafe owners would actually promote card use due to benefit to the cafe (more regular business) and the card holder (discounts if you have one). That should would hold down fake cards and sidestep civil liberties issues.

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