An update from Katherine Albrecht who writes about threats and dangers from what she calls “spy chips” or RFID chips. This one has a basis in a government report from DARPA. The possible pro: doctors could use a chip that was embedded in soldier’s body to monitor vital signs and track illness, etc. The possible cons: Just like you can be tracked through your cellphone, with a chip like this embedded in your body, you could be tracked. As far as the control goes, I don’t think the chip can control a person.
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… the company will embed the tags into knee and hip replacements and use them to alert patients to any product-related concerns. “Prior to shipping prosthetic parts, Implanet embeds an RFID tag with the device model, serial number and latest info enclosed. Prior to surgery, the hospital scans the tag and IBM’s WebSphere Sensor Events software uploads the information to a server. Patients are then given the tag ID for alerts….”
via Arphid Watch: embedded in your prosthetic | Beyond The Beyond. Related articles by Zemanta
The Bee’s Knees: IBM’s RFID to Track Prosthetics (readwriteweb.com)
Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears (comsecllc.blogspot.com)
Cruising Fisherman’s Wharf For New Passports’ Serial Numbers (yro.slashdot.org)
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But despite the fact that attendees know they should take precautions to protect their data, federal agents at the conference got a scare on Friday when they were told they might have been caught in the sights of an RFID reader. The reader, connected to a web camera, sniffed data from RFID-enabled ID cards and other documents carried by attendees in pockets and backpacks as they passed a table where the equipment was stationed in full view. via Feds at DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned | Threat Level | Wired.com. Think about this. You probably are carrying an RFID card with personal information stored on it.
Panic + stupid = RFID passports
In 9/11’s aftermath panic ruled the nation’s domestic security bureaucracies, Congress and the White House. Paranoid mid-level bureaucrats were given free rein to “innovate” and guess what popped up? RFID tags in your passport. And now they are adding them to driver’s licenses too. via RFID passports: a tragedy waiting to happen | Storage Bits | ZDNet.com.
Bruce Sterling, in Wired’s ARPHID Watch says:
*I’m surprised that Verichip didn’t think to promote this scheme themselves. *People are reacting with predictable shock, shock, (((none more gleefully than
io9, presumably because the puckish editor’s got a Verichip in her))) but the “invention” here is dead simple: in principle, it’s an electronic parole device with a roadside IED bomb attached to it. They’re recast as an imaginary “GPS chip” and an imaginary cyanide dispenser. Both of those somehow both fit under the hides of undesirables. via Arphid Watch: Implantable GPS “Killer Chip” creates press flap | Beyond The Beyond.