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Club bouncers are now checking your Facebook to confirm identity

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If prospective employers can try and look up your Facebook before considering hiring you, why can’t club bouncers? BBC reports that bouncers have begun to ask those seeking entry to hand over their phones to confirm their identity through Facebook Mobile.

According to the BBC report, a 20-year-old based in the United Kingdom has had bouncers ask for her smartphone to see what Facebook account is logged into the phone at the moment. This is to confirm the girl wasn’t using a fake ID, or someone else’s ID. If Facebook isn’t logged in, the bouncer will ask her to log in for him. Alternatively, if the patron does not own a smartphone, the bouncer will provide his phone for log-in purposes.

“When it happened the first time I didn’t really think anything of it,” Charlotte Neal, the 20-year-old in question told BBC. “Then I thought, ‘Hang on, is this really how you’re supposed to check how old I am?’ But I was out and I wanted to get in the club so I just agreed.”

Traditional methods of confirming identity include swiping cards through a scanner to check its legitimacy, or plainly asking the ID card holder their birthday, astrological sign, or address on the card. Though the Facebook checking route seem to make sense, is it a violation of privacy? Technically, people have every right to deny the door staff from making you log into Facebook to confirm your identity though this might end up in refused entry. Logging into Facebook on a stranger’s phone also doesn’t seem so secure; you may as well move on to the next bar that won’t apply such policy.

Additionally, if news are making round about this type of behavior at club entrances, wouldn’t underaged patrons simply have their Facebook log-ins coordinated and ready to trick bouncers? After all, it’s not like Facebook can actually confirm your birthday, gender, and location based on whatever you choose to put on your profile. Lastly, some people can easily say they don’t use Facebook. While it might be a bit more uncommon, with new changes to Facebook all the time, it’s reasonable to believe that that less people may be inclined to stay on Facebook and have moved on other social media sites.

A lot of weight lies on the door staff members as well, since letting in underaged drinkers can mean hefty fines if caught. But with easy methods to deceive your way into a bar or club, we won’t be surprised if this approach to identification check quickly becomes obsolete.

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