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You Are Being Tracked

but not (only) by Big Brother. Wal*Mart and Proctor & Gamble show Fedgov how it's done.

From [Biodemocracy]Organic Bytes #23

link: http://www.organicconsumers.org/corp/rfid111303.cfm

abstract:
According to a recent Chicago Sun Times investigative feature, Wal-Mart and Procter and Gamble (P&G) have been found to be concealing high tech tracking devices in their consumer products and hiding cameras in store displays. The tracking devices, known as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), can be as small as a grain of sand, and, so far, they have been detected in P&Gs Lipfinity products at Wal-Mart, as well as in Gillette razors and Benetton clothes. The electromagnetic tracking devices can be read through clothes and walls. P&G admits this was just a trial-run of tracking devices it would ultimately like to use in all products---serving as "the barcode of the future," and "strictly for marketing research." Katherine Albrecht, the Director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, said, "This trial is a perfect illustration of how easy it is to set up a secret RFID infrastructure and use it to spy on people." In addition to the "spy chips", hidden cameras were also discovered in store displays, allowing P&G to watch shoppers from hundreds of miles away. Wal-Mart does not deny having prior knowledge of the hidden cameras and tracking devices, given the fact that their employees set up those very same displays.

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tragemorph
Dec. 30th, 2003 02:27 am (UTC)
Heh... my father works on that kind of stuff (for HP)
Apparently right now they can be as cheap to mass produce as a dime or nickel apiece... but pretty soon that'll be a tiny fraction of a cent...

kmo
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
Hopefully...
someone like your dad, who understands the technology, will invent and market (or distribute via the underground ecconomy if necessary) a device that individuals can use to detect and deactivate these things.
jazzresin
Dec. 31st, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
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