Ron Bellomo January 28, 2006 11:00 AM

Let’s hope the government doesn’t take this tactic because in America these days this is probably true.

steve January 28, 2006 2:51 PM

Thanks alot for the link @winx!
They always mention the “ultra cool” RFID-application in Barcelona, but this is the first time i read about getting rid of the chip


elegie January 28, 2006 5:49 PM

One family in Florida was very interested in being fitted with implanted chips. The 14-year-old son was interested because of the technology aspects, including the merging of people and machines. (According to the chip manufacturer, there are over 2,000 kids who are interested in receiving these implanted chips). A parent believed that tamper-resistant IDs for people would increase security (they said that they “have nothing to hide” and they compared the chip to an ID card). One outside party was concerned about implanted chips becoming mandatory. It was said that the lack of reader devices reduces the effectiveness of the implanted chips.


jammit January 28, 2006 6:20 PM

I view the RFID like a tattoo. Both are unique (in most cases) and can be used for identification, both are difficult to remove, and both are elective. As long as my choice of RFID remains my choice, I’ll never have a problem with them.

RFID is slave devices January 28, 2006 7:03 PM

We should remember that RFID are slave devices. For a simple example of how to cheat these is this attack on a verichip.

He fails, though, to see that these implants even with strong crypto are fully open for the Grandmaster problem. You simply relay the signal.

Davi Ottenheimer January 28, 2006 7:13 PM

The cartoon definitely has a valid point, but it fails to address the real choice…what if the market would actually allow for phone/camera/mp3 functionality without tagging/tracking.

If the only choice is functionality and tagging or no functionality, then it’s easy to argue that the consumer will choose functionality.

GotToBTru January 28, 2006 11:08 PM

This reminds me of “That Hideous Strength” where it is noted that if you say your school will experiment on its students, people are apalled; but an “experimental school” has to turn away parents. I myself attended such a school once in real life, but of course suffered no ill effects. Oh look! A chicken!

Tim Vail January 29, 2006 12:14 AM

Davi: that is assuming the customers are willing to find out enough information to find out if they are, or are not being tracked. Then take appropriate action to choose the untrackable method. I’m not so sure of that.

Roy January 29, 2006 2:18 PM

The USA now has 300 million people. Imagine everyone having an RFID chip implanted, and that the typical chip is read 10 times a day, and that the readers will be correct 99.99% of the time. Assume for the moment there are no bogus chips. Thus in a typical day the nation will turn up 30,000 cases of ‘ID invalid’.

What to do about them?

Simple, just ignore the, knowing that they are virtually guaranteed to be false readings. Ignoring the result will be the default response to any reading, good or bad.

Which means there is no point reading them in the first place.

shawn queen March 19, 2006 9:02 PM

please read revelation. it says in the end times before the anti-christ comes to power, we will be forced economicly be forced to have the chip ,it says in revelation, you won’t be able to buy or sell anything without it. we are at that point.once it is implanted, and it says right in the word of god it will be in your hand or forehead. withall the propaganda about idebtity theft. they are trying to say it is the only way nobody can steal your money. i will die first before i take it. wake up world. believe in our lord jesus christ, who is coming soon. i beg you. once it is in you wheather tou are a christian or not, your going to hell, because god gave us instructions in his book,he gave us freedom of choice, either trust in him, or give in to the lies of the new globelization.

soul saver March 19, 2006 9:12 PM

read revelation this chip is the mark of the beast. you will go to hell if you accept it read the book of life, revelation it talks about in the in the end will will have the right to regect or accept the mark. god gave us a choice. choose his son jesus.

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