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article imagePhiladelphia GameStop fingerprinting people who trade in games

By Stan Rezaee     Aug 3, 2014 in Entertainment
Philadelphia - GameStop stores in Philadelphia will be required to fingerprint people who trade in used games as a way to assist local law enforcement.
First reported by CBS Philadelphia, GameStop stores have been fingerprinting customers who trade in used games at the request of the Philadelphia Police Department.
The fingerprints are collected and stored in a database that could be used to track individuals who sell stolen merchandise. This pre-cation has been going on since July and is only implemented at selected stores.
GameStop claims that they are just following local second-hand dealer and pawnbroker laws. A spokesperson for GameStop made the following statement, "[It] is a practice we've also put into place in other parts of the U.S., depending on local or statewide second-hand dealer or pawn broker laws. However, at this time we are reviewing the process to determine if it's one which should be continued in Philadelphia."
However according to City Solicitor Shelley Smith, the most of the local ordinance doesn't apply to GameStop because they don't meet any of the codes that define a pawnbroker.
Several customers who were questioned by CBS Philadelphia where upset that GameStop will be collecting their fingerprints. Many felt that the store was treating them like a criminal while others were surprised by the request.
Grant Brunner of ExtremTech was a among a few gamers in the media who was uncomfortable with what GameSpot is doing. He even stated in his story, "Your privacy is under attack in every direction. Your government is spying on you, advertisers are tracking your every move, and even brick and mortar stores want to put your biometric data in a massive online database. Sure, you can choose not to shop at GameStop, and take precautions against online snooping, but the dread of being under constant surveillance remains."
Yannick LeJacq of Kotaku noted that this was one of several anti-thief measure that has been meet with a massive backlash from gamers. He pointed to a report by Polygon about how ten states along with the District of Columbia require businesses to collect data on the gaming habits of their customers and share it with police.
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