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San Francisco is considering draconian safety measures at night clubs, including metal detectors and ID scans -- not even Oakland does that!
That said, Jocelyn Kane, executive director of the Entertainment Commission, tells SF Weekly that it's unlikely such measures would pass muster in San Francisco. And while that might be reassuring to some, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based digital civil liberties group, isn't backing down.
The group is formally protesting the plan, saying ID scans and surveillance cameras are unconstitutional and would have a "chilling effect" on San Francisco.
According to the group:
"Scanning the IDs of all attendees at an antiwar rally, a gay night club, or a fundraiser for a civil liberties organization would have a deeply chilling effect on speech. Participants might hesitate to attend such events if their attendance were noted, stored, and made available on request to government authorities. This would transform the politically and culturally tolerant environment for which San Francisco is famous into a police state."Tonight, the Entertainment Commission will consider a slew of safety measures for nightclubs. Some of the more controversial ones include having patrons walk through metal detectors when entering nightclubs and then get their IDs scanned, which would tell police exactly when they entered. Once inside, patrons will be recorded on surveillance cameras; the footage will be kept for police records for two weeks.