Bouncers demanding to see Facebook on phones as ID
It appears that handing over your driver’s licence isn’t enough to prove your name and age to a bouncer at a bar or club anymore.
Bouncers are reportedly asking partygoers to hand over their smartphone logged in to their Facebook account so that the age – and name – can be verified.
Charlotte Neal, 20, said all she had to do was show them her phone with her Facebook account open. The bouncers would compare it to her physical ID, and then let her in.
The bouncers say it helps cut down on partygoers using fake ID.
It’s not like you can easily log in to a fake Facebook account matching that fake ID you snapped up from a shady shop down the street from college.
Neal, however, is a little concerned about her privacy. She told the BBC that she understands why they want to verify a photo ID, but how many forms of identification are required?
Some bar owners and bouncers have spoken out in favour – and against – this practice of digital verification.
One man said it helps avoid letting in minors – and avoiding the accompanying fine if the bar is caught. It’s also good for the safety of the patron, they argue.
Fake Ids are also becoming increasingly popular to nab, so making sure someone’s Facebook profile really matches the card they flash to bouncers sounds like a failsafe backup.
This sounds like the case where potential employers are asking job applicants to divulge Facebook login information, so the candidate’s background can be combed for undesirable traits.
Do you think it’s acceptable for bouncers to ask for a phone with Facebook open?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets