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Business Unboring with Andrew Thompson: Driver’s licence scanners collect a lot more data than you think


Guest : Andrew Thompson

It is becoming more and more frequent that the security at private property access
roads scans your ID and your driver's license.
Instead of the old sign-in book, which it was so easy to feed false information to –
handheld scanners used by security guards at vehicle entry points to capture the details
on your driving licence and car licence disc, before allowing you entry to a controlled
site – is now the norm. And these scanners decrypt the barcode-like data on the back of
credit-card style licences, keeping a real record of all who come and go.
But where is the info (from your driving licence and car licence disc) stored? Who has
access to it and what happens if this information is ever compromised?
Delighted to have Andrew Thompson, freelance writer at Business Insider SA, joining me
in studio now for a deep-dive into this issue

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