Originally Posted by libertyforall
Wow are people ignorant. You do NOT want NFC/RFID spychips!
aka "little brother" They are insecure and are not in your interests of privacy.
These are insecure, watch this video -- this guy who easily COPIES the info on RFID/NFCs from unsuspecting passers-by
, which means it's even easier for companies, employers, government to do the same!:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AfhqY5lbOQ
You don't have to wear a tinfoil hat (or sound like you do) to have concerns for the death from thousands of cuts that personal privacy's enduring in the connected age. Your phone's already broadcasting a unique identifier about you as you travel. If you live in urban areas, your picture's likely being taken 100's of times a day, and your license plate at intersections if you're driving in NYC (and even if you loan your car, you get the red light ticket and the points on your license), and in London, add another zero to the number of photos of you.
In E-Z Pass states you can be mailed a speeding ticket for passing thru two consecutive toll points too quickly. And as noted below, the RFID tags for merch today are generally removable, but many would like them embedded so that every purchased item on your person (also including your driver's license, CC's, Passport, etc.) and in your home can continue to chatter away as you move about and furnish your digs.
And apparently receivers for many of the signals we're talking about are already quite available as the youtube link above notes (as do many others which are "NOT-FOX").
And then we could get started on how much privacy your ID has anywhere on the net, your search and surf histories, facebook apps, cloud storage, etc., etc.
"Familial" DNA's certainly interesting as well. If you're a possible suspect, hope your children or parents don't discard half-eaten junk food with saliva traces in a trash can - which is how a serial killer was recently caught by his son's spit on a piece of pizza. I.e., there are a whole family of technologies which make it easier for people - both those we want to and those we don't, and those we're aware of and those we're not - to know much about us, our habits, wanderings, purchases and locations.
Essentially it becomes harder and harder to "go off the grid" at all every day in many evolving ways - a fact which, if gov't falls into totalitarian hands (or never leaves them, e.g., in China), carries numerous ominous implications.
I await the introduction of convenient injectable under the skin RFID licenses, passports and banking with interest. Perfect for the "well-behaved" nudist, scary for many of the rest of us.
And as for the first person to riposte, "yeah, but if you follow all the rules, why should you worry?" please keep your distance for your own well-being, because I'll retch. We're spoiled in this country, but history shows liberty is always fragile and that you only have to piss off untrammeled authority in the most minor of ways to end up in a sea of trouble.
This is actually not a conventional right or left-leaning film altho' the link provided is broken. The man who made it was a Hollywood type who got interested in how the Federal Reserve System & IRS came into being and how their constitutionality was vetted or perhaps not fully vetted. Actually a provocative watch, as so many of the interviewees he got to sit down totally hem and haw at his questions, and the film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. And altho' it settles nothing, it should leave you with some interesting questions in your mind.http://freedomtofascism.com/
For context, from the 7/23/10 WSJ article referenced in the last above:
[Walmart's] latest attempt to use its influence—executives call it the start of a "next-generation Wal-Mart"—has privacy advocates raising questions.
While the tags can be removed from clothing and packages, they can't be turned off, and they are trackable. Some privacy advocates hypothesize that unscrupulous marketers or criminals will be able to drive by consumers' homes and scan their garbage to discover what they have recently bought.
They also worry that retailers will be able to scan customers who carry new types of personal ID cards as they walk through a store, without their knowledge. Several states, including Washington and New York, have begun issuing enhanced driver's licenses that contain radio- frequency tags with unique ID numbers, to make border crossings easier for frequent travelers.
Some privacy advocates contend that retailers could theoretically scan people with such licenses as they make purchases, combine the info with their credit card data, and then know the person's identity the next time they stepped into the store.
"There are two things you really don't want to tag, clothing and identity documents, and ironically that's where we are seeing adoption," said Katherine Albrecht, founder of a group called Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering and author of a book called "Spychips" that argues against RFID technology. "The inventory guys may be in the dark about this, but there are a lot of corporate marketers who are interested in tracking people as they walk sales floors."
Smart-tag experts dismiss Big Brother concerns as breathless conjecture, but activists have pressured companies. Ms. Albrecht and others launched a boycott of Benetton Group SpA last decade after an RFID maker announced it was planning to supply the company with 15 million RFID chips.
Benetton later clarified that it was just evaluating the technology and never embedded a single sensor in clothing.
Wal-Mart is demanding that suppliers add the tags to removable labels or packaging instead of embedding them in clothes, to minimize fears that they could be used to track people's movements. It also is posting signs informing customers about the tags.
"Concerns about privacy are valid, but in this instance, the benefits far outweigh any concerns," says Sanjay Sarma, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.