has written has written an article for Scientific American
that everyone should read. For those who don't already know her, she's the leader of CASPIAN
and one of the world's foremost experts on RFID privacy issues.
Here is a mini summary of some of the major points:
- Companies intend to replace barcodes with RFID
- Unlike barcodes which identify a product type (i.e. a can of soda), RFID will identify an INDIVIDUAL product (i.e. can of coke #48377625376)
- RFID tags can be read secretly from long distances (30 or more feet).
- RFID tags in licenses have minimal security (and even passports that have more security have been hacked already many times)
- IBM filed a patent that was granted in 2006 for a system of scanners at “shopping malls, airports, train stations, bus stations, elevators, trains, airplanes, restrooms, sports arenas, libraries, theaters, [and] museums ? to track the movements of people by their RFID tags
- Alton Towers (an English amusement park) issues RFID wristbands to visitors and tracks their movements through the park. While they use it to create a keepsake "where you went" map for their customers, they prove that the system works in practice
RFID misuse has been one of my top issues for a long time and it's important that everyone realize the danger they pose and support preemptive legislation to prevent RFID privacy invasion.