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ID scan technology at Alcanna liquor stores collected too much data, says investigation

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An identification scanning program used by some Alberta liquor stores violated provincial privacy laws by collecting more information than allowed from customers’ driver’s licences, an investigation has found.  

The findings from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) were released Thursday. 

Alcanna, which operates liquor stores in Alberta under the brands Liquor Depot, Ace Liquor Discounters and Wine and Beyond, launched the pilot program with support from Edmonton police at three stores in January 2020. 

The program uses scanning technology developed by Patronscan, a Calgary-based company. Customers scan their government-issued identification to unlock a door into the store. 

Alcanna hoped the program would help reduce theft and said information would only be kept for 90 days unless a customer committed a crime. 

However, the investigation found that Alcanna was collecting and retaining more information than is…

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