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Mike Nichols column: Requests to use ID scanners hard to turn down

8:56 PM, Jun. 15, 2013
Appleton police officer Adam Nagel demonstrates how to use an ID scanner. Downtown Appleton police have deployed ID scanners to track people who enter bars. They work to catch fake IDs, but in 2012 the technique also scooped up people that were violating their probation by entering the bars.
Appleton police officer Adam Nagel demonstrates how to use an ID scanner. Downtown Appleton police have deployed ID scanners to track people who enter bars. They work to catch fake IDs, but in 2012 the technique also scooped up people that were violating their probation by entering the bars.
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Count Frank Schadt among those of us who believe government - and not just the federal government - is taking extreme liberties with our liberties.

Schadt owns OB's Brauhaus, a successful restaurant and bar in Appleton, where police have developed a habit of asking local establishments to use police-issued scanners to collect information on patrons.

At least some bars now scan every person who comes in on certain weekend nights - proof that the program is about a lot more than deterring underage drinking. At the end of the night, the bars return the scanners to police along with all the ...

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