[LINK] So, you're worried about RFID?
rick at praxis.com.au
Sat Aug 21 16:19:48 EST 2004
Deus Ex Machina wrote:
> Rick Welykochy [rick at praxis.com.au] wrote:
>>Deus Ex Machina wrote:
>>>afaik rfid tags are passive.
>>You know wrongly.
> passive as in has no power.
RFID tags can be unpowered (passive) or powered (active).
>>scared yet, vicc?
> of what the bogeyman? there are no worthwhile issues mentioned to date.
Of an RFID tag that can record your personal details at purchase
time (for but one of many examples) and then later broadcast those
details in public, encrypted, for any agent to use. Use your imagination.
This is a device that can be ubiquitously deployed and violate your
privacy without you even knowing it.
Some examples off the top of my head: any of the following could be
at risk -- witness protection programs, apprehended domestic violence
orders, the privilege of anonymity of location.
Since I agree with the equation vicc == troll, there is little
point in wasting more energy on this. The troll doesn't seem to offer
any counter to these concerns relating to our privacy as citizens
except "it is good for business."
> people that feel threatened by new technology can always buy rfid zappers. the general
> public though wont care.
One of the great fallacious arguments: the majority blah blah so it is right.
Troll: profit first, business efficiency second, citizen's rights last.
Reality: citizen's rights first.
Citizens ultimately make the laws and change policy and will ensure that
they prevail. Unless our democracy is undermined, we people will prevail.
What business wants business should not automatically get.
Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services
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