As you may know, several states, including Arizona, Washington, Vermont,
and New York have agreed to issue the RFID-tagged cards for
border-crossing purposes. The idea is that state residents who
voluntarily pay an extra $40 to receive the remotely-trackable cards
will be allowed to cross more "efficiently" into Canada or Mexico, since
border officials will see them coming before they reach the guard
To anyone who's clued in about RFID, the spychipped driver's licenses
are a complete privacy nightmare, however. They can be silently read
from 20-feet away, through a person's wallet, pocket, backpack, or purse
-- even when the target is in a moving car. They are unencrypted and
contain a unique ID number that can be used to identify and track people
miles from the border -- indeed, anywhere the government chooses to put
But it's not just the government that could use the cards to track and
surveil people. Anyone with a rudimentary RFID reader can remotely
access the the unique ID number on the card. Retailers could use them to
ID customers as they walk in the door. Marketers could use them to track
people around the store. Stalkers could use them to track their victims.
Terrorists could scan for them in crowds and pinpoint Americans
traveling in other countries. Hackers could duplicate the signal emitted
by chipped licenses to impersonate people. The list of potential abuses
for the ill-conceived ID card are staggering.
If you are in Phoenix and would like to learn more, the ACLU is hosting
a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow evening (Thursday, 3/13) at 7:00 PM at the
University of Arizona. I will deliver a PowerPoint presentation on
RFID-tagged ID cards and sign books after the event, so be sure to bring
your copy of Spychips (or you can pick one up while you're there).
The event is free and open to the public. Further details are available
below my signature,
or on-line here: http://www.acluaz.org/News/PressReleases/3_10_08.html
If you cannot attend in person, please send your prayers and well wishes
with us to the state of Arizona, as we work to inform the public about
the encroaching police state.
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy
Co-author of "SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and Government
Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID"
Human Chipping: http://www.AntiChips.com
Shopper Cards: http://www.NoCards.org
Bio online at: http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html
ACLU-AZ Town Hall on Threats to Privacy
What unfunded federal mandate would:
* implement the first national ID card in American history,
* put you at risk for identity theft,
* createlong lines at the MVD,
* and increase the cost of your driver’s license?
It’s the Real ID Act.
>From REAL ID to RFID:
AN ACLU Town Hall on Threats to Privacy
Katherine Albrecht, RFID and Consumer Privacy Expert
Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Noam Biale, Advocacy Coordinator, National ACLU Technology and Liberty
Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Auditorium
UA College of Medicine-Phoenix Biomedical Campus
600 E. Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-22308
Free parking off 7th Street, between Van Buren and Fillmore.
CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999
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