Cool heads needed for RFID debate


Already trade unions and lawyers, anxious to find business for themselves, want to attack RFID tags as a kind of fascist technology. Perhaps most significantly, Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (Caspian), a pressure group founded by Harvard doctoral candidate Katherine Albrecht, has set much of the media agenda about RFID.

Tags, Caspian explains, are Big Brother devices. They could be bad for health, continually bombarding people with electromagnetic energy, and they could be used to spam consumers with personalised advertising. Caspian’s tone is well captured by the title of Albrecht’s 2005 book, co-written with Liz McIntyre. It’s called Spychips: how major corporations and government plan to track your every move with RFID.

It’s the work of “two suburban moms who’ve taken on some of the largest corporations in the world because we care about the future our children will inherit”. And in case you didn’t get the point about th e “terrifying” world that’s to come, Spychips discusses “What if Hitler had RFID?” Cool heads needed for RFID debate - IT Week

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