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Day of the RFIDs... - Grin with cat attached
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Day of the RFIDs... Sep. 16th, 2003 09:54 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/3110650.stm

Those delightful miniature radio tags that live in your clothes, books, groceries, electric goods, luggage.... and tell anyone listening exactly what you're carrying...

Abominations in web design: the opposition site.

(no subject) - (Anonymous)
From: wechsler
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 02:28 am (Link)
For the moment the technology is admittedly somewhat limited, but it's the future potential that I find genuinely disturbing.

The Auto-ID center, the primary development group for these things, seems intent on making *eveything* remotely discoverable, via serial-number tags and a DNS-style lookup, and they're intending product-lifespan availabilty for these things.

If I pass though a doorway less than 2m wide I could be completely scanned without knowledge or consent, if these things became as prevalent as the proponents intend. It wouldn't take too much extrapolation of my reading or listening matter to form opinions on me.

And yes, there's a whole hell of a lot of data to be handled, but it's probably not beyond the dreams of cross-company loyalty cards. And we've already seen the goverment's keenness to track this level of data with the RIPA; eventually their capability will catch up with their data-greed.

Frankly I'm not overly impressed by the NoTags site; it's one of those "you can't choose your allies" scenarios, but I don't think he's entirely wrong.
(no subject) - (Anonymous)

*smirk*

From: wechsler
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 02:29 am (Link)
Bite me ;)
From: giolla
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 06:53 am (Link)
and tell anyone listening exactly what you're carrying...

On the bright side it might reduce your liklihood of being mugged when you're not carrying anything...