Independent federal MP and anti-pokies campaigner Andrew Wilkie has told parliament the poker machine and pub arm of Woolworths has been spying on its punters to boost profits.
Mr Wilkie said venues kept databases of customers, which were shared among members of the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH Group), a subsidiary of Woolworths.
The databases contained personal information, such as gambling and drinking habits, which ALH allegedly used to encourage increased gambling. Mr Wilkie called on ALH to destroy the information it holds about its customers.
This is not the first time Mr Wilkie has attacked the gambling industry. Do you think his concerns are legitimate and should lead to new laws to stamp out ‘spying’ on the unsuspecting? Or is this just another way businesses capture information about your spending patterns and consumers are fair game?