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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.
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Thursday, May 06, 2004
Over the last few months, I've written a couple of blog entries about swiping drivers' licenses and the information that discloses. Today's Boston Globe has a funny spin on some consequences for people who voluntarily swiped their licenses instead of credit cards:
"Computer glitch gives out free gasoline
May 5, 2004
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- You can pump, but you can't hide. Some motorists in Michigan have found out the hard way that you can't just gas and go.
They discovered that because of a computer glitch they could swipe their drivers' licenses instead of credit cards to gas up for free at the pumps outside the Meijer chain.
A total of 107 people figured it out, many of them students from nearby colleges in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.
In some cases people got as many as 15 fillups over a three-week period. Meijer got hosed for thousands.
But it turns out the information from each transaction with a drivers' license was stored on computer and police are tracking down the culprits."
Labels: information breaches
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