If scanning military ID’s hasn’t already rolled out at your local base commissary …it’s coming. You’re probably wondering what I am talking about right? Well DECA recently announced that on October 22nd Fort Lee Virginia became the first base to introduce ID scanning at the checkout counter.
Commissary shoppers are used to showing their ID cards to establish their
eligibility to use the commissary. By scanning the ID at checkout, DeCA will
no longer need to maintain any personal information on customers in its
computer systems, such as the system used for customers who write checks.
Scanning will also help improve the commissary benefit for all patrons,
according to Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO.
DECA also goes on to say that by scanning ID’s they will receive useful information on who is patronizing their commissaries and customer demographics which will help them to identify better needs of their shoppers. They claim that the demographic info will only be limited to your ID card number, household size and rank, zip code and duty station.The rollout of this new scanning system continued on November 10th and by January of 2014 will be at every military base worldwide.
I honestly knew it was only a matter of time before they were going to start electronically checking ID’s. For one let’s be honest their are people who abuse the privilege and while DECA may have other reasons such as more accurate reporting of commissary usage, I believe they want to make sure the only folks shopping there are the ones who are supposed to. Truthfully in that stance I don’t have a problem with it.
I do have to wonder how they expect patrons to believe that somehow our privacy is not being invaded when we know full and well that they have access to our database or can get access to it. On the flip side unless I am going to be arrested for buying the crap I choose to buy , go ahead and scan my ID I don’t care.
You can visit here: http://www.commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/id_card_scanning.cfm to read more FAQ’s about ID scanning at the commissary.
Are you for or against ID Scanning and why?
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