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Pennsylvania's chief liquor regulator says a plan to offer wine in up to 100 free-standing kiosks in grocery stores is part of the state's ongoing attempt to modernize the way it sells alcohol.

But public health advocates said Tuesday they're concerned about whether the state would be able to keep the wine out of the hands of underage drinkers.


"One of the things to keep in mind: Do you really want to hand over more information to the government? And who else would be able to have access to it? How will they secure it?" asked Rebecca Jeschke, a spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group in San Francisco.

"Would you really want a record of how often you buy alcohol?" she asked.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Morning Call

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