January 15, 2003
RFID and Privacy

As I have also mentioned previously, CNET reports: RFID tags: Big Brother in small packages:

It becomes unnervingly easy to imagine a scenario where everything you buy that's more expensive than a Snickers will sport RFID tags, which typically include a 64-bit unique identifier yielding about 18 thousand trillion possible values. KSW-Microtec, a German company, has invented washable RFID tags designed to be sewn into clothing. And according to EE Times, the European central bank is considering embedding RFID tags into banknotes by 2005.

It becomes unnervingly easy to imagine a scenario where everything you buy that's more expensive than a Snickers will sport RFID tags.
That raises the disquieting possibility of being tracked though our personal possessions.

Imagine: The Gap links your sweater's RFID tag with the credit card you used to buy it and recognizes you by name when you return. Grocery stores flash ads on wall-sized screens based on your spending patterns, just like in "Minority Report." Police gain a trendy method of constant, cradle-to-grave surveillance.

(via daypop)

We could see detailed customer profiling. Approach with caution...

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Charlie Stross suggests that some fairly simple anti-technology could make this a much smaller privacy problem: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blosxom.cgi/2003/Jan/14#rfid-1

Posted by: Martin Sutherland on January 15, 2003 04:27 PM
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Mattias sin weblogg: Tracking device RFID (October 3, 2003 10:45 PM)
"RFID er en samlebetegnelse på Radio Frequency Identification dingser. Har jo selvfølgelig hørt om radiosendere på kjeledyr, biler og båter. Stort sett ting som en er redd for skal bli stjålet eller på annen måte komme bort. Har jo også..."

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