Katherine Albrecht, co-autora de “Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID“ escreveu um artigo na Scientifica American, explicando como inadvertidamente consentimos perder as nossas liberdades e a nossa privacidade e o que está a ser feito sobre esta temática a nível dos EUA e UE.
Q. What is RFID?
A. Radio Frequency IDentification is an automatic data capture technology that uses tiny tracking chips affixed to products. These tiny chips can be used to track items at a distance–right through someone’s purse, backpack, or wallet. Many of the world’s largest manufacturing companies would like to replace the bar code with these “spy chips,” meaning that virtually every item on the planet–and the people wearing and carrying those items–could be remotely tracked. There is currently NO REGULATION protecting consumers from abuse of this technology. >> Learn More about RFID
Speaking of “contactless” credit cards, the Discovery cable TV channel recently scuttled an episode of “Mythbusters” (where a team of scientists explore the veracity of stories sent in by viewers) which exposes how insecure RFID tags are. Boing Boing describes the clip thusly, “Mythbusters’ Adam Savage told the folks at the HOPE hackercon about how the Discovery Channel was bullied by big credit-card companies out of airing a program about how crappy the security in RFID tags is.”.
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If you live in a state bordering Canada or Mexico, you may soon be given an opportunity to carry a very high tech item: a remotely readable driver’s license. Designed to identify U.S. citizens as they approach the nation’s borders, the cards are being promoted by the Department of Homeland Security as a way to save time and simplify border crossings. But if you care about your safety and privacy as much as convenience, you might want to think twice before signing up.