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Big Brother is Watching Your Second Hand Sales

A proposed Madison city ordinance to catch addicts and crooks attempting to sell stolen items to secondhand stores and pawn shops would also lead to an overarching reach into the privacy of innocent individuals. 

The ordinance, which will be considered in October, would require a photo and other personal information about anyone who sold an item to a business to be kept on hand by businesses for six months.  There are so many things disturbing about this.

There are serious civil liberties issues, as the government would be able to see what video games and movies we use and sell. Further, there is no provision insuring that the collected information will not be shared with third-parties.

While it’s understandable that the police and government want to do everything they can to prevent the selling of stolen goods, those steps should be done without trampling on our civil rights and privacy.

Lisa Subeck

Bridget Maniaci

Lauren Cnare

Michael Verveer

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff

Marsha Rummel

Steve King

Scott Resnick

Paul Skidmore

Brian Solomon

Chris Schmidt

Satya Rhodes-Conway

Sue Ellingson

Tim Bruer

Larry Palm

Jill Johnson

Joseph Clausius

Anita Weier

Mark Clear