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11 April 2006

RFID Privacy concerns - Accidentally pay for somebody else's gas?

Dan Combs,President of Global Identity Solutions and a MIT Executive steering committee have opened up a "Public Information Center" to keep us all from getting too frightened about the RFID threat.
Check out this Propaganda. Just enough sweetener to keep your lips from puckering.
They say it will speed up everyday transactions at the grocery store, in airports and on the nation’s highways.
What they don't tell you is how this system will essentially hardwire you into a computer network that will one day control every aspect of our lives.
Radio-frequency identification tags - The next-generation bar code -- are basically a microchip outfitted with a tiny antenna that broadcasts an ID number to a reader unit. The reader searches a database for the number and finds the related file, which contains the tagged item's description.Perfect for Wal-mart's inventory control,huh?
One day in the future the problem will arise when People begin losing their cards, keychain fobs, whatever the Radio transponder is embedded into.

So, in the classic problem, reaction, solution scenario, Verichip will step in and offer the
Mark of the Beast, a chip imbedded in YOU that will be capable of numbering and tracking every human being on planet earth.

In a slightly less apocolyptic take on the subject:
RFID: Legitimate fear or fear-mongering? by ZDNet's Mitch Ratcliffe -- A Wall Street Journal article details the exploits of RFID-defeating privacy advocates and a few snake-oil solutions.
It may make spending and thievery so easy our virtual wallets could be emptied before we know it.


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