Tens of thousands of revelers have had their personal information scanned and then stored for possible review by police after passing through the velvet ropes of a pair of exclusive SoHo clubs.
Owners of the now-shuttered W.i.P. and Greenhouse clubs — after a series of safety and alcohol violations — entered a strict arrangement with the NYPD in March 2011, the Daily News has learned.
Among other stipulations, the 14-page agreement required the clubs to provide names, addresses and ID photos of everyone who came inside. The information is generally scanned from identifications and stored in a database or handwritten in log books.
Why would a nightclub sell out their patrons like this? Why would a nightclub owner willingly hand over such personal info? I am making a distinction between a club having cameras and turning over the tapes to the police AFTER a crime has been committed. But giving up personal information without reason or cause?