I was watching an ad for the Dawn Lifestyle Expo – it sounded like an interesting and varied exhibition that I might have thought of attending but I have decided against it. Why? Because apparently although there is no entry fee, what they do ask is for you to hand over a copy of your ID card, Driving license or Passport.
I really do not understand that at all. To ask for proof of your identity is one thing, but why should I be expected to hand over to the exhibition organisers a copy of my National ID card which contains my name, my residence address, my father’s name, my date and place of birth and my photograph.
This is a privacy issue. Why do they need this information? What will they do with it? How many people in the organization will have access to it? What security measures will be taken to ensure that this they do not pass on a copy of it to someone else? What will be done to prevent someone from misusing this information?
Entry to an exhibition is normally through an invitation, an entry ticket or paid registration or its free. No-one has ever asked for a copy of an ID card to be handed over. So why should Dawn? I object. And so should we all.
Shouldn’t we be thinking about this, debating it, making sure that policies are enacted that protect our individual privacy?