Cyber security experts caution consumers when retailers scan ID for alcohol purchases

With the state’s new alcohol laws going into effect last week, grocery stores can now sell beer and wine.

Some of those retailers are scanning your driver’s license when you do buy alcohol to verify you’re over 21, but that could be giving them access to your personal information.

The bar code on the back of your license is an electronic copy of everything that’s on the front — your name, address, birthday, height, weight, and driver’s license number. If that information falls in the wrong hands, you could be at risk.

With the state’s new alcohol laws going into effect last week, grocery stores can now sell beer and wine.

Some of those retailers are scanning your driver’s license when you do buy alcohol to verify you’re over 21, but that could be giving them access to your personal information.

The bar code on the back of your license is an electronic copy of everything that’s on the front — your name, address, birthday, height, weight, and driver’s license number. If that information falls in the wrong hands, you could be at risk.

“Anything you scan anything electronically, you want to be concerned because you don’t know where the data’s going, how they’re storing it, where they’re sending it to,” said Isaac Elliott, a senior security engineer at Alias Forensics..Read More…

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