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« Topic Start: July 11, 2009, 06:57:35 pm »

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears

Putting a traceable RFID in every pocket has the potential to make everybody a blip on someone's radar screen, critics say, and to redefine Orwellian government snooping for the digital age.

"Little Brother," some are already calling it — even though elements of the global surveillance web they warn against exist only on drawing boards, neither available nor approved for use.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090711/ap_on_bi_ge/us_chipping_america_iv
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« Reply #1: July 11, 2009, 09:37:51 pm »

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears


This freaks me out. I travel overseas whenever I get the chance, and fortunately my very old-school passport is valid until 2012 (after which the world ends anyway, so what does it matter?  Wink). I don't want any chips tracking my movements, convenient or otherwise.

I just came back from a trip where, when I was checking in for my return flight home, the despicably young check-out person took one look at my old-school passport and said, "What kind of passport is *this*? They let you into the country with this??" as she chewed her gum.

Death to insolent, gum-chewing minions.
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« Reply #2: July 11, 2009, 10:23:00 pm »

I just came back from a trip where, when I was checking in for my return flight home, the despicably young check-out person took one look at my old-school passport and said, "What kind of passport is *this*? They let you into the country with this??" as she chewed her gum.

That's very similar to the reaction my birth certificate often gets. (Born on foreign soil to American parents stationed there on government duty -- huge birth certificate from the State Department to go along with my tiny British birth certificate.)
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« Reply #3: July 11, 2009, 11:30:01 pm »

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears

Putting a traceable RFID in every pocket has the potential to make everybody a blip on someone's radar screen, critics say, and to redefine Orwellian government snooping for the digital age.

"Little Brother," some are already calling it — even though elements of the global surveillance web they warn against exist only on drawing boards, neither available nor approved for use.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090711/ap_on_bi_ge/us_chipping_america_iv

Well, that's just great.  When that happens, i guess i'll have to invoke marvin the martian and ask him to press that big red button.



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« Reply #4: July 12, 2009, 03:26:43 am »

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears

Putting a traceable RFID in every pocket has the potential to make everybody a blip on someone's radar screen, critics say, and to redefine Orwellian government snooping for the digital age.

"Little Brother," some are already calling it — even though elements of the global surveillance web they warn against exist only on drawing boards, neither available nor approved for use.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090711/ap_on_bi_ge/us_chipping_america_iv

I have an enhanced driver's license; it has the RFID chip.  It arrives in the mail in the little insulating pocket... and it stays there. 

I also have a card-sized plastic birth certificate; it sits in my wallet behind the sealed-up drivers license.  My CERT ID is what shows through the window of my wallet. 

I won't buy a GM car as long as On*Star is standard; no one needs to know where I drive.

New cell phones have GPS so 911 can find you (and that's accurate to 30 feet or better); my phone's too old to have that. 

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« Reply #5: July 13, 2009, 08:05:17 pm »

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears

Putting a traceable RFID in every pocket has the potential to make everybody a blip on someone's radar screen, critics say, and to redefine Orwellian government snooping for the digital age.

"Little Brother," some are already calling it — even though elements of the global surveillance web they warn against exist only on drawing boards, neither available nor approved for use.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090711/ap_on_bi_ge/us_chipping_america_iv

Little Brother by Cory Doctrow. Free in electronic form, or be nice to him and get the local library to buy a copy.

The only potential saving grace is that the system could be overwhelmed with data somebody would have to be looking specifically for you or for some combination of things you are doing to notice you as an individual.
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