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Authors Predict Public Backlash as RFID Plans Reach Consumers En Masse

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Katherine Albrecht
October 24, 2004

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November 29, 2005

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New! Includes IBM's patent application, "Identification and Tracking of Persons Using RFID-Tagged Items"

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METRO "Future Store"
Special 12-page report

TSA CONCEPT VIDEO SHOWS FUTURE RFID-ENABLED AIRPORT Spychips in Passports May be Just the Start, Warn Privacy Advocates

>> click here to read the press release


Orwellian RFID Tracking Video; Press Banned from Conference

On the eve of a major RFID apparel and footwear conference, privacy activists are asking questions about an Orwellian industry video presentation depicting the use of Radio Frequency Identification at an American Eagle Outfitters store...

>> press release | >> RFID demo video

WISCONSIN BANS FORCED HUMAN RFID CHIPPING Groundbreaking Law Spotlights Opposition to VeriChip

Wisconsin's new law was introduced as Assembly Bill 290 by Representative Marlin D. Schneider (D) and was passed unanimously by both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature. The law makes it illegal to require an individual to have a microchip implant and subjects a violator to a fine of up to $10,000 per day...

>> click here to read the press release

CASPIAN also supports anti-chipping legislation like the law passed in Wisconsin...

>> Contact your elected representatives to request their sponsorship.
>> Forward Assembly Bill 290 [PDF] to legislators in your state.

>> Ohio has similar legislation pending

Chips Espias! A Spanish-language version of the award-winning book "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID" is now available in Latin American countries including Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Chile... >> click here to read the press release

Company Pushes RFID Implants for Immigrants, Guest Workers

Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, has alarmed civil libertarians by promoting the company's subcutaneous human tracking device as a way to identify immigrants and guest workers...

>> read the press release | >> VeriChip photos...
>> transcript of the Fox interview with Scott Silverman
French-translated version of the press release...

Levi Strauss Confirms RFID Test, Refuses to Disclose Location

It may be time to ditch your Dockers and lay off the Levi's, say privacy activists Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre. New information confirms that Levi Strauss & Co. is violating a call for a moratorium on item-level RFID by spychipping its clothing. >> click here to read the press release | >> contact info for Levi's

Worldwide reaction to Levi's RFID spychipping initiative...
Privacy advocates across the globe are sounding-off on spychipping of clothing. Our recent Levi's story is generating responses in places such as Australia, India, and Europe...
>> From Germany, 294 comments so far!
>> Here's the English translation
>> what our readers are saying: page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 New!

VeriChip Off the Old Block
SmartMoney | June 2, 2006 | by Lawrence Carrel
SmartMoney writer Lawrence Carrel says VeriChip continues to face stiff opposition over privacy issues while losing millions of dollars... "This is an insidious, way-beyond-Orwellian way to control people's lives," --Rep. Marlin Schneider, a Wisconsin Democrat and the bill's author.

Your Panties are Broadcasting on my Frequency
Advertising Industry Newswire | May 30, 2006 | by Scott G
Radio frequency identification (RFID) can now be used almost anywhere: they’re embedded inside products, pets and people. Scott G takes a look at a not-too-distant future where everything is monitored, metered, tallied and tracked... >> click here to read

RFID and the Telescreen | May 14, 2006
Ubisense combines the remote tracking power of Radio Frequency Identification with a modern-day version of the telescreen from George Orwell's novel 1984, says Liz McIntyre, commenting at FreeMarketNews.
>> click here to listen (starts at 4:04 minutes)
>> click here to learn more about Ubisense

Action News Extra: Spy Chips
The Pittsburgh Channel | May 16, 2006 | Kelly Frey
Imagine secret scanners as you enter a store. It's a tiny microchip and antennae that hold information -- the bar code of the future. "They talk about reader devices being embedded in floor tiles, in ceiling tiles--literally every time you pass through a doorway" --Katherine Albrecht
>> click here for article and video

Tag - you're it...
Radio frequency identification keeps tabs on goods, services, pets - even people

The Sacramento Bee | May 12, 2006 | by Dan Vierria
Feel like you're being followed? Maybe it's a tracking tag on your jeans or one implanted in a credit card. The tags are called radio frequency identification or RFIDs...

Technically Speaking
An Interview With Katherine Albrecht, Author & RFID Watchdog
Computer Power User | May 8, 2006 | by Barry Brenesal
CPU: What is your main concern about RFID technology?
Albrecht: Its an incredibly powerful technology that easily lends itself to abuse. RFID readers can be placed invisibly in the environment. RFID tags can be placed on clothes and in peoples belongings. And maybe the most worrisome part is that the companies that are aiming to put the readers in the environment and the tags into peoples belongings have spelled out some pretty frightening plans for how they hope to abuse the technology literally to use it to spy on people..." >> click here to read more...

FMNN eTV | John St. George | May 7, 2006
FreeMarketNews speaks with consumer privacy expert,
Liz McIntyre
, on RFID privacy issues and Levi's pilot-testing of RFID on jeans at an undisclosed location in the U.S. (despite a moratorium on item-level tagging)
>> here's the link... (begins at 3.1 minutes)

Radio ID Technology Spreads; Privacy Activists Dig In
The New Standard | May 5, 2006 | by Catherine Komp
"Now, this sounds very innocuous; you think, 'Well, gosh, this [tag] can come right off,' but this is the opening volley," --Liz McIntyre

Jetsons technology at expense of privacy?

High-tech appliances could become silent watchdogs on Americans
WorldNetDaily | April 29, 2006 | by Joe Schlabach
While privacy of the home has long been a cherished tenet of American life, including the ability to share personal intimacies among family and friends away from the eyes and ears of others, modern homes are quickly moving into the futuristic world of "The Jetsons" cartoon –possibly at the expense of that revered privacy...>>read the entire article... Note: this is a great article on BPL (Broadband over Power Lines) and it's privacy implications! >> to learn more about BPL, click here.

Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID has been named winner of the Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty by Laissez Faire Books. Authors Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre will share in the prize for the "top book on liberty for the year."
>> click here to read more!


Katherine Albrecht, co-author of "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID" is offering personally-autographed copies of this award-winning bestseller! Available individually or as case (24). >> read what critics are saying about "Spychips..."

Also available from Katherine: "On the Brink of the Mark" and "RFID: Tracking Everything, Everywhere" in DVD or VHS format.
>> click here for the book/video order form!

Some Concerned RFIDs Could Lead To Spying
KSBW-TV8 | April 28, 2006
"The last thing I want is my shoes to be reporting my whereabouts to marketers and to big brother... we need to start making decisions on how we want to use [RFID], not leave the decisions to major corporations." --Katherine Albrecht
click here for a photo of a spychipped shoe!

US privacy campaigners fear mark of the beast
James Sturcke | The Guardian | Wednesday April 26, 2006
"It raises issues not just about the movement of products but about watching people's lives... We are not a long way off from people beginning to demand publicly that systems be used on humans."
--Katherine Albrecht

Katherine Albrecht was C2C's guest in Streamlink's Live Chat on April 25 for an in-depth Q & A.
>> click here to read excerpts!

Surveillance Since 9/11
The Front Porch, New Hampshire Public Radio
Reported by Shay Zeller | April 19, 2006
Katherine Albrecht discusses RFID privacy issues and recent New Hampshire legislation. The NH bill would ban the state from implementing REAL-ID or participating in a scheduled pilot program. >> click here to listen

(Note: Katherine's interview starts 16 minutes into program. First segment w/ David Mackey is worth listening: chilling revelation on airport x-rays that effectively remove clothing, and CCTV "scanning crowds to identify people who sort of may be acting unusual".)

Privacy Under Attack - The Spychips Story
The Conservative Voice | March 22, 2006 | Rob Hood
With this article I am putting aside my personal religious and political stances to ask everyone, Christian or not, conservative and liberal, Democrat and Republican to realize what is at stake with Radio Frequency Identification...

Spychips co-author Liz McIntyre discussed the privacy and civil liberties downsides of RFID with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on March 1. "Democracy Now!" broadcasts to over 400 televison and radio stations nationwide. The show is offering Spychips and a DVD of Liz's appearance as premiums for donations to support public tv and radio. You can also watch the half hour interview online at no charge. >> click here for audio and video

The Spychips Threat: Why Christians Should Resist RFID and Electronic Surveillance by Katherine Albrecht, Liz McIntyre >>click here to order!

Americans' Illusive Privacy - 'Man No Longer King of His Castle'
Bonnie Alba | American Chronicle | March 6, 2006
Superb commentary on how modern technology is invading our lives. Beautiful work!
>> click here to read the article!

Spychips make Orwell's Big Brother seem relatively harmless

Online Journal | Jan 17, 2006 | by Kéllia Ramares
"…the tagging of everything, and thus of everyone, can be stopped dead in its tracks with massive consumer action reflecting the very high level of consumer opposition to RFID."

Our friends at FoeBuD in Germany have translated Spychips Chapter One into German here:

Total Surveillance: New consumer-tracking technology threatens to make personal privacy a thing of the past. | December 6, 2005
"When I see RFID and I think about a world in which the powers that be—be they corporate or government—can essentially watch, surveil, track, manipulate, and control the people, that’s what motivates me: a desire to see that not happen, to my generation, to my children, to my grandchildren." -Katherine Albrecht
>> click here for a French translation of this article!

New Hampshire is the second state to protest Wal-Mart's use of RFID.

26 granite state residents say "no" to item-level tagging.
Bedford, New Hampshire November 5, 2005, Wal-Mart
"In New Hampshire we live free. We don't want RFID!"

Texas Residents say "no" to Wal-Mart's dangerous RFID agenda.
More than 70 anti-RFID protesters turned out to say "NO!" to spychips
Dallas, Texas October 15, 2005, Wal-Mart Super Center
Click here for TV coverage. Our press release explains

Photos of Item-Level RFID Tagging
Wal-Mart Super Center, Dallas, Texas October 15, 2005
Can you find the spychips on the Wal-Mart shelf? We bet you can't!

What is RFID?
How "spychips" pose a threat to your privacy

photographs of RFID tags: page 1 | page 2

What should be done?
CASPIAN's Proposed Legislation would require labeling on products containing RFID
CASPIAN's Joint Position Statement requests limits on business and government use of RFID

Stop RFIDs in California IDs Tell Your Lawmakers to Vote "YES" to SB 768
California residents, click here to find out more.

CASPIAN Launches Worldwide Tesco Boycott!
Consumers react as retailer flaunts expanding use of RFID

Business Week Article:
"Industry is finally getting the message: RFID is fine for pallets of goods in a warehouse, but not for people."

CIO Magazine Article:
Customers to Retailers: "Take us Seriously"
Privacy Advocates Turn up the Pressure


DHS Wants Beefed up RFID To Silently ID People 25 Feet Away

The VeriChip Can be Cloned, May Not Work When Needed

Ex-HHS Head Puts Off Being Chipped Despite July Promise

Ex-Bush cabinet member praises & recommends VeriChip

CASPIAN uncovers Government RFID Promotion Scheme

Mexican Chipping Overstated (CASPIAN reveals 18 officials chipped, not 160)

FDA letter outlines serious health risks from VeriChip human implants

Censored! CASPIAN told to remove incriminating RFID tagging photos

Photos of chipped CVS products, Kleenex, Huggies baby wipes

Calvin Klein and other clothing labels with hidden RFID tags

Mexican Attorney General and staff take RFID implants

Wal-Mart is RFID tagging in Texas! Call 1-800-Wal-Mart to complain!

Industry Attempt to Smear RFID Activist Katherine Albrecht
Grocery Manufacturers of America and Gillette CEO asked to explain

CASPIAN finds embarrassing confidential RFID documents
Talk of "pacifying" consumers, hoping for "apathy," and bringing lawmakers into the "inner circle." CASPIAN asks "How can we trust these people with our personal data?"

Metro "Future Store" hides RFID in shopper cards
Protest and backlash force a recall

Wal-Mart, P&G Caught in Secret RFID Test
Consumers used as guinea pigs for controversial technology

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