Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
The use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is quickly growing and your privacy as well as your security will soon be at risk. The REAL ID Act was set into law in May 2005, framed as a way to improve the security of our country, although many disagree. The REAL ID Act requires driver's licenses to include a common machine-readable technology (think RFID), within 3 years.
Corporations benefit from the use of these chips to monitor inventory levels but they have also thought of new ways to use the technology which may violate your right to privacy.
News: Walmart will start using RFID in clothes starting August 1st 2010.
Understand the Impacts of RFID on Your Privacy
- SpyChips Web Site
Spychips "make[s] a stunningly powerful argument against plans for RFID being mapped out by government agencies, retail and manufacturing companies." -Evan Schuman, CIO Insight
Popular Books on the Privacy Concerns of RFID Chips - Corporations have plans on how to leverage this technology.
RFID: Radio Frequency IDentification
From what distance can an RFID chip be read? RFID tags can be read up to 30 feet away depending on the receiver. A range of 300 feet is possible if the chip is powered by a battery. How far is your house from the sidewalk?
Health Concerns: RFID chips do transmit a signal, but proponents argue it is no worse than a radio signal.
How are the RFID chips activated? The RFID readers send a signal which modulates the chip.
Is the RFID technology new? No, it has been around for more than 30 years.
What frequency is used by RFID chips? UHF (~900 MHz).
What is the cost for RFID chips? Quantities of a million tags can cost under 25 cents. The RFID chip market is expected to explode when prices reach 5 cents per chip.
What is the cost of an RFID reader? Cost depends on the capabilities and distance the device can read chips from. I've seen prices from $150 to over $1,000.
Protect Your RFID Identity - We may be forced to use RFID but be cautious.
New credit cards are being distributed with RFID capabilities.
- RFID Shield
The RFID Shield is a protective sleeve that prevents anyone from reading private information stored on your RFID cards and passports.
- The Envelope
The EmvelopeÂ® Wallet Insert is an innovative, patent-pending product that provides a simple, convenient, and easy way to contain the wireless signals being emitted by RFID chips.
Our RFID Blocking Wallets ensure that cards with RFID tags within the wallet can NOT be read while the wallet is closed. This gives you the ability to control when, how and by whom your cards are accessed. To allow the RFID tag in the card to be read
Who is Pushing RFID Technology - Numerous Business Opportunities Exist
RFID has the potential to improve business management throughout the value chain of a company.
- The Government, National ID
Currently, RFID is most likely the technology that will be used to support the requirements of "The REAL ID Act" passed in May of 2005. Within 3 years all forms of national identification will requre the ID to use a common machine readable technology
- EPC Global
MIT/University of Cambridge
They will sell you RFID implants for your own protection and security. Patient Identification, Infant Protection, Wander Prevention, Asset Tracking (etc).
- Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility
AIM is a global trade association comprising providers of components, networks, systems, and services that manage the collection and integration of data with information management systems. Serving more than 900 members in 43 countries, AIM is dedica
- CheckPoint Systems
Promoting the use of RFID tags in situations, like item level tagging, which is not recommended by privacy experts.
- Reva Systems
September 2006, REVA systems named one of the top ten companies to watch.
- Compex Inc.
Take a look at the SCARY implications of RFID techology. Follow their Solutions link and select RFID technology.
RFID Publications and Web Sites
- RFID Journal
Claims to be "THE WORLD'S RFID AUTHORITY". The site has a lot of information on RFID Technology.
- More RFID
MoreRFID, one of the leading RFID information portals, announced to introduce a free digital magazine, Digital RFID Magazine. It is a next generation digital magazine using latest rich media technology. The magazine is published bi-monthly and reader
- RFID Gazette
Radio Frequency Identification news and commentary.
- NIST RFID Secuirty
If you are going to use the technology, be sure to review the National Institute of Standards and Technology's "Guidelines for Securing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems" document.
Ethics and Privacy
Will you control your RFID identity or will it be in an information system somewhere? Who will have access to this information system? Can your RFID identity be stolen?
The Ultimate Privacy Argument Against RFID By Evan Schuman, Ziff Davis Internet October 21, 2005
- RFID SwitchBoard
Privacy, Ethics and Regulation By Rakesh Kumar Courtesy Wipro Technologies.
- Center for Computing and Social Resonsibility
Tag Ethics Originally published as ETHIcol in the IMIS Journal Volume 14 No 5 (October 2004)
Get Your RFID Implants or at a miniumum, a RFID tattoo. - Only slightly bigger than a piece of rice.
States in the U.S. are moving to draft legislation preventing forced Human RFID implants. Wisconsin is the first state to pass a law.
- Insurance Industry
Will you need to have an RFID implant to get insurance in the future?
- Want to Keep Your Job, Get Your Implant
The company now requires employees to use VeriChip human implantable microchips to enter a secure data center.
- RFID Tracking Newborns
RFID is being used to keep track of newborns, another good reason to choose a home-birth. So far the technology is used on the bracelets for now.
- RFID Tattoos
Now testing process on cattle. Possible uses? Tag military members.
RFID Technology Quick Poll
Do you believe corporations will abuse the RFID technology and compromise your privacy?
This technology does have some problems that the industry is trying to solve.
- RFID Credit Card Flaws
Vulnerabilities in RFID-enabled credit cards
- e-passports Flawed
Critics state the new e-passports are flawed.
- RFID Kills .com
More commentary on the dangers of encoding personal information using RFID technology.
- Problems with RFID
An overview of technical, privacy and ethical problems with the technology.
RFID Hacking - Don't Feel so Secure
Concerned? Take Action - We all have a voice.
CASPIAN has proposed legislation, The RFID Right to Know Act, that would require mandatory labeling to inform consumers when a product contains an RFID tag. It would also prohibit companies from linking the chips with personally identifying informati
- ACLU's View of the REAL ID Act
Inform yourself about the implications of the REAL ID Act.
RFID Books at Amazon - Learn more about the technology
As with any technology, a technology can be used for good or bad. RFID can improve business processes, improve security, improve health care but what is sacrificed to realize these benefits?
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