[LINK] Simple animation about RFID tags
tal at pacific.net.au
Wed Feb 25 16:57:29 EST 2004
On Wed, 2004-02-25 at 15:53, James Pearce wrote:
> In terms of "are we using RFID tags now", we've been using them for over a
> decade. You know those things in the backs of library books that get scanned
> when you borrow them? They're very basic RFID tags. Of course, they're only
> identifying whether the book is "in" or "out", but the technology is the
no, the technology is very different - you're referring to a magnetic
switch operated by the librarians when you check a book out or in.
RFID is radio transmitters, and i shan't repeat the details we went into
on link - check the Link Archives.
to summarise, RFID only requires proximity, within a metre or two, and
with the threat of extending it to bank cards (already trialled in the
USA), we have the prospect of "hey, walk into a shop, pick up whatever
you like, stick it in your pockets and walk out - you're not
shoplifting, the items and your bankcard get read automatically and your
account is debited - how convenient is that?"
the test bank said words equivalent to this - and if you can't see a
privacy problem there ...
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