More on RFID

Children have no choice.  Katherine discusses the San Antonio school district plan to give all students “the chip” so that they can be tracked throughout the day.  They are starting with the school with the lowest number of native English speakers.

Listen to her program by tapping on “the chip”

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RFIDs Part 6

The Canadian’s seem to be doing the same thing that the US has attempted for years, that is getting rid of the Canadian Penny.  In the words of the Royal Canadian Mint “Today’s digital economy is changing faster than ever, and currency has to change too. It is, introducing MintChip, from the Royal Canadian Mint – the evolution of currency.”  Just as with the American Penny, the Canadian Penny’s days are numbered (and with all do respect – so is the American Penny, presently it costs 16.7 cents to mint a Penny.)  People, no matter which society it is, are partial to their currency and all of the variations of bills and coins.

The Evolution of Money – MintChip – is taking a drastic change, little by little.  The next generation of currency will be digital, which is something that has been in the works for years.  The ultimate goal is to go cashless; the first idea was to change everything to credit card, which was the next best thing to digital until credit cards went digital.  Now the next generation of digital is a chip, as well as, an application program (which I mentioned in a previous RFID blog, ISIS.)  ISIS is an application which is having its debut in Salt Lake City where your smartphone will possess your financial data so you can, for the sake of convenience, use your phone as a charge card.

MintChip uses a secure chip to hold monetary value and a secure protocol to transfer monetary value from one chip to another. MintChips can be stored in many ways: on MicroSD cards, on USB sticks, or remotely in the cloud, with no physical access.  But as we all know, those who deal with any aspect of Information Technology, nothing is truly secure…look at the news and all of the hackers that have bilked and stolen Billions in dollars.  So, what will be next?  The nickel?  The dime? Or, perhaps, everything will vanish from the face of the earth and just go digital.  You thought that inflation was bad with the dollar?  Just wait until everything goes digital, at that point inflation will cease and money will be siphoned out of your account.  Then what will be the next generation?  I personally believe it will be the introduction of the RFID chipping into the human body.

Not to change the subject, but who doesn’t love Disney?  I always have, but I am concerned now-a-days with the advent of their billion-dollar project dubbed “NextGen”.  Details of the plan emerged in February 2011 when Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced some major changes at an investors’ conference.  Which indicates, on a small scale, how cities, states, countries, and potentially the world will transact business in the not too distant future.  Many people seem to think this is great; however, if you have been following my posts you will note my disgust and disdain toward the abuse of privacy rights and the attack upon the individual’s desire to maintain some semblance of privacy.

One of the most obvious uses of the RFID system is ease of access to the parks. The system was tested at the fittingly future0themed Epcot in Walt Disney World, where guests willing to participate in the trial run were given a sticker embedded with the rice-sized transmitter to affix onto their regular souvenir ticket or annual pass. Many of the park ticket machines are being modified, or changed, over to a combination of RFID and fingerprint scanner.  Disney World and Disneyland are both small cities with an average daily occupation of about 41,000 people.  They are pretty efficiently run, which makes it quite appealing for the government to give it a try…but that is a little beyond the scope of this post.  However, the utilization of the RFID and fingerprint scanning technology is quite on target as it is used to access your money so that you do not have to carry around cash, your wallet, or credit card(s) because your data is stored in that little grain of rice called an RFID and the use of your fingerprint is to use that biometric that is all your own (as a dose of security).
Even though it is a theme park and Walt Disney always tried to capture his vision of the future, I am a little dismayed at the lack of privacy, security, and sovereignty of the people.  Unfortunately, each and every person just thinks it is the neatest thing since sliced bread and are just like sheep being lead to the slaughter.  My primary purpose for this post is to bring to light the death of the dollar and the future economics of the world via the technology we find so fascinating and secondarily the wave of the future both politically and economically.
I first heard of this through the Dr. Katherine Albrecht show (who is a big Privacy Advocate), more specifically the April 21st, 2012 show.  I hope there is a way to one day use the technology for what it was intended without the detrimental affects to people’s privacy.  We shall see!
Read more:

SEE ALSO:  RFID Part 1, RFID Part 2, RFID Part 3, RFID Part 4, RFID Part 5

References:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/29/now-the-canadian-pennys-days-are-numbered-is-the-nickel-next/

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/09/mintchip-royal-canadian-mint/

http://mintchipchallenge.com/details/resources#about

http://developer.mintchipchallenge.com/index.php

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/04/18/whole-new-world-for-whole-new-disney/#ixzz1tadZscMs

http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20120120/5779/what-disney-doing-rfid

RFIDs Part 5

This segment is not actually Radio Frequency ID, but it is a related issue.  People are so hell bent on convenience that they, more often than not, fail to think of the long term and devastating possibilities.

Now you will be able to pay by using the smart technology within your phone.  there are, and will be more, applications granting access to your banking institutions to pay for your purchases.  Many of the loyalty card programs are looking into similar technology for purchase discounts.

What exactly are the ramifications for this in your life?  How secure is your phone and the signal it uses?  Most people do not even pass-code their phones, because it is inconvenient.  How inconvenient will it be when your account is wiped out?  Now your phone will contain access to all your financial data, all of your purchasing data, purchasing habits (i.e., food, clothes, technology, etc.)

By pushing everyone to use credit & debit cards the banking industry is really striving toward a cashless society.  In doing so, they are forcing everyone to make purchases with a flippant and cavalier approach and will cause much more debt spending in your life than if you were using cash.  A study was done (I heard about it on the Katherine Albrect Show http://www.katherinealbrecht.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1) in which a study was done when cash money is being used to pay people tend to be more mindful on the expenditures; whereas, with the airline industry they are no longer taking cash on flights and you are forced to use credit card and you are more likely to spend more with its use.  This is because most people do not want to spend such a small amount on a card and will be more flippant with its use.

It is already a well known fact that such technology can be used to monitor your actions, expenditures, and conversations.  With the advent of many District Court decisions which permit police to do so without any warrants.

I am always concerned when privacy is concerned…it is not alright when the tech savvy peeping tom down the street does such things, but it is legal when the government does it????? hmmmmmm!

SEE ALSO:  RFID Part 1, RFID Part 2, RFID Part 3, RFID Part 4

Here are some articles to view:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2115871/The-CIA-wants-spy-TV-Agency-director-says-net-connected-gadgets-transform-surveillance.html

http://www.openforum.com/articles/belly-up-to-the-digital-loyalty-card-groupons-founders-have

http://www.statesman.com/business/new-customer-loyalty-card-good-at-100-plus-2226233.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/22/us-idtheft-javelin-idUSTRE81L16520120222

http://www.paymentobserver.com/

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-mobile-industry-champions.html

 

 

RFID Part 4

The RFID Sniper Rifle is coming, or is it?  Back in 2008 a Danish company had devised an idea of tagging with RFID chips from a distance. It was advertized to shoot the RFID tag into its victim and would be as though getting stung by a bee.  The idea was to be able to track them and hit them when most vulnerable.  The bullets were advertized as being smart bullets that would home in on the specific RFID in that specific person…in other words, the bullet was married to the RFID chip.

This was advertized at China’s first International Weapons Fair in 2008.  Weapons dealers embraced the idea and especially the Chinese Police, hmmm!  Although, later to be unearthed as a hoax, it was rather astounding the numbers of State and Government Police that truly liked the idea of having such a weapon.  Rather concerning and Orwellian, don’t you think?

SEE ALSO:  RFID Part 1, RFID Part 2, RFID Part 3

 

http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/purchase/1041

 

RFIDs Part 3

As we have discussed the RFID chips I was recently listening to one of my shows, the Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, who was talking about a microchipped pill.  This pill is primarily geared toward those who are elderly, mentally challenged, and the parents of very busy kids.  Their purpose is to be a placebo and in effect allows other(s) to see if a loved one is actually taking their pills. (Just follow the link, it takes up about 30 minutes of the first hour – you can also download it for free.)

http://direct.media.katherinealbrecht.com/archives/1201/20120121_Sat_Albrecht1.mp3

Another idea, is tracking the elderly, mentally handicapped, Alzheimer patients, and others to be injected with an RFID microchip, which essentially treats the patient as a supply that they must keep track of.  There is legislation, or was, to be passed to do this here in the US.

Just consider the next generation of this technology, which is the use of biometrics and storing that information on the chip.  This technology is being used

in India, Iraq, and I recently heard on the news that it was also being used (forced) on the people in Afghanistan.  How much longer until it is used here in the US?http://www.spychips.com/index.html

Consider the uses within the clothing industry.  As mentioned earlier, IBM possesses several patents for RFID technology.  One of which is the weaving of the RFID technology (or tags) into the material of clothing; another is to be a reader that is located at malls and shopping centers.  The idea is that when you walk by a reader it will read the RFID tag in your clothing and because you paid with your Visa, or MasterCard, it is now tied together with your Social Security Number – the database can determine your spending and purchasing habits and can therefore offer you specials on a daily basis based upon those habits.

According to the RFID Journal the global clothing retailer American Apparel has plans to equip all of its stores with this, or similar technology.  Remember the movie “Minority Report”?  Of course, its technology was based upon retina scanning, but really that is just silly thinking, isn’t it?

http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/view/9202

We have always looked upon “those” people – who constantly proposed that Orwell’s “1984” was becoming a reality, just you wait and see – were just nut jobs.  Hey, guess what?  “They” weren’t too far off the beaten path, after all.  With the advent of the RFID chips and other technology, the “Mark of the Beast” just may be injectable and electronic in nature.  This has been proposed here in the US and in other countries.  There are some countries that are using them, as mentioned prior.

Consider the alternatives if all of our money becomes just ones and zeros out in cyberland and they make the plunge to place all of your data, including financial, onto your RFID chip which can be updated in a Wi-Fi accessible area.  If you don’t comply with the injection, you cannot purchase anything.  On the other hand, if you are disruptive in any manner your RFID chip can be updated to remove any income and good name you may have…the evil possibilities are limited only by your good nature.  BEWARE my friends, but become AWARE and act through the system, while you can.  Many of the German people never knew what hit them until damn near the end of World War II.  I leave you with a couple of quotes, which give a great insight into the minds of the leaders of countries who are ambitious.

“Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”

–Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

Adolf Hitler

I believe, that despite their reference or inference to war – these quotes are quite profound, in that, people have a tendency to be followers and are always seeking someone to lead because they feel inadequate to do such a job.  Everyone can lead with some good moral grounding, an ethical mindset, have integrity and are honest, fair, & just.

SEE ALSO:

RFID Part 4

RFID Part 2

RFID Part 1

RFIDs Part 2

IBM holds several Patents for various types of RFID readers.  The primary purpose behind them is to be strategically placed within malls, street corners, and in major stores.  These readers will be able to either read the RFID as it passes by and another type of RFID which is a 96 digit RFID which is to be weaved into the fabric.  Although, a person may own several different pieces of the same type of clothing, each will have its own unique 96 digit RFID.  If paid with credit card or some other identifying account, it will all eventually be equated back to you the purchaser.  Your Driver’s License number, Credit Card Account number, Bank Account number, Social Security Number, and the 96 digit barcoded RFID will eventually lead back to you as the purchaser.  Through a hierarchichal matrix all of your information will eventuall become known by the system. (McIntyre, 2003)

Consider this, all of your accounts are tied together by a fine thread teather to your Social Security Number.  Each purchase you will make will be tied to your savings club card, credit card account, your bank account, or perhaps the RFID chip that is implanted in your body (similar to the EZ Pass System Electronic Account.)  The purchase made will equate the RFID identifier code in the merchandise which will be tied to you via the cloud, your method of purchase, and your Social Security Number.  The IBM RFID is tied to the merchandise via the IBM Mainframe computer and via the cloud through which it maintains contact with the RFIDs and those companies that purchased the technology.

There are some who believe, and research has shown, that this new technology will one day be implanted into the brain, implanted during pregnancy as a matter of standard procedure, or perhaps something to be injected similar to nanobotic technology.  (Lynch, n.d.;  Waters, 2008)  Not very unsimilar to the asigning of a Social Security Number prior to leaving the Hospital, or the documentation of a Live Birth.

Based upon the documentation submitted by VeriChip Corporation (Form S-1 Registration Statement, reference page 5 – Appendix A) to the Security and Exchange Commission, the plan is to treat newborn infants, the elderly, and those not of sound mind (who will be implanted) will be treated and managed no differently than inventory in a warehouse. (SEC, n.d.)  Those people not of sound mind will be treated as wards of the State, no one will have to be sought for permission for the implanting of the RFID chip other than the signature of a Judge.  This is being actively accomplished within the United Kingdom.  You will also note, that no differently than an On-Star Commercial the RFID implanting of unsound persons and RFID Tracking of children will be advertised as a safety issue and concern.  What makes this so sad is the fact that there will be so many people who will gladly give up the care of their family for piece of mind.  The meaning of family has come to such a hideous state of affairs.  There was a point in time in this country and throughout Europe (our ancestry) who cared for their family until death, but now you can let someone else do it for you and you can keep tabs on them by use of some Google Application or by watching a remote camera via another Google Application by way of one’s Smart Phone, given enough time.  A company is actively setting up shop in retirement homes to watch over your parents and they will report to you when behavioral changes ocurr and you are able to check in, from time to time, on your parent(s) via video camera feed.  Now you are able to check in on mother without having to actuall visit her.  Beware of what you wish for, you may just get your wish – but what will happen to you if in the same cirsumstances?

In order to eat, or feed our families, will we need to be scanned and in this way have the funds removed from an account in our, what seems to be our destiny, cashless society?

If the purpose of government is to secure and protect the rights of her citizens as stated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, then why does our government at every junction of troubles enact laws that not only limit our rights but remove them from us, thereby violating the Constitutional mandates?

SEE ALSO: Part 1, Part 3, Part 4

References

Lynch, Z. (n.d.). NEUROTECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY (2010-2060). Neurotechnology and            Nanotechnology. Chicago: Lifeboat Foundation.

McIntyre, K. A. (2003). SPYCHIPS – How RFID will compromise privacy, security, freedom.            Retrieved 10 26, 2010, from www.spychips.com:          http://www.spychips.com/verichip/verichip-photos-instructions.html

Securities and Exchange Commission. (n.d.). U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.      Retrieved 10 26, 2010, from www.sec.gov: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1347022/000119312507024937/ds1a.htm

Walter J. Burien, J. (2007, June 30). d36_1183309449. Retrieved Sept 14, 2010, from         liveleak.com/: http://www.liveleak.com/

Waters, B. (2008). Extending Human Life: To What End? In Philosophy and Medicine. The             Bioethics of Regenerative Medicine/Philosophy and Medicine , 102 (Extending Human    Life:     To What End? In Philosophy and Medicine), 135.

RFIDs Part 1

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an ever present danger to the privacy of the individual.  Years ago I heard an interview with a Dr. Katherine Albrecht who just so happens to be a Privacy Advocate and is the co-author of the book SPYCHIPS.  After hearing the interview, my interest was piqued and ordered the book, which was written in 2006.  Even today, as technology has taken over a greater portion of our lives the information between the covers of that book still resonate within my mind.  The technology is a good technology, provided it is used for its original target…product management; however, that is not where it left off.  RFID technology (and variants) are used in various ways within our daily lives and, unfortunately, are becoming more entangled within our lives without our knowledge – either due to ignorance or lack of care on our parts.

RFID tags are being used in Passports, Enhanced Drivers Licenses, EZ Pass, Euros/Dollars to prevent counterfeiting, Credit Cards, animals, and people.  Another variation of the RFID is those commonly used club cards for our purchases.  An interesting video to bring the point home is the Big Brother Pizza Shop Youtube Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zh9fibMaEk), which is a depiction of a fictitious pizza shop of the future where Big Brother infringes your privacy while ordering a pizza.  It is both funny and concerning at the same time.  There are many YouTube videos which will show you the uses of RFID chips and implanting.  Many of which have religious implications – it is not my position to make this into a religious argument, or debate, but the information is quite valid.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0z9J5E9lto, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P9xs2yyv8Q, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC_hPlH_Fb0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr0ozY2HWdM ).  During Hurricane Katrina they used RFID tags in the cadavers which were left to float so they could be identified at a later time after the living were taken care of.  We know what kind of fiasco that wound up turning into.

One thing that many people do not seem to understand is that the effective reading range of these chips is 30-60 feet.  They are purportedly going to make our lives much more safe and convenient; however, what is the price of that convenience?  What about your privacy?  Many people I have spoken to usually and nonchalantly say, “Well, if you don’t have anything to hide…”  My position is, it is not about hiding anything and it is about my right to privacy!  I do not have to prove a thing to anyone.

Consider, and I hate to use the reference, the conspiracy theorist side of it:  If all your personal information (financial, medical, legal, etc.) and biometric data (fingerprints, retina scan, voice print, etc.) are installed on this RFID chip; and let us go a little further to say there is a dirty cop who needs to close a case – is it that far of a stretch to say that your data could be accessed via the cloud or primary server from the Department of Homeland Security and be planted at the scene?  Many cases throughout the United States have toppled because of planted evidence.  (Please note that while I do live in the real world and believe that there are some bad officers, just like the rest of us mortal beings they are not all bad – I believe the good outweigh the bad.)

You think that is very farfetched?  Consider what Comcast is experimenting with, the use of digital cable boxes which have cameras that view the room, determine who is near, and then place a listing of shows that you, or some other person, have a history of watching.  With that digital box you already have a two way connection to the source.  How much longer until the box automatically starts feeding a stream of live video to the NSA, FBI, DHS, or your local Police or Sheriff’s office?  Sometimes those people deemed to be conspiracy theorists just have a differing view than you or I; unfortunately, they just happen to be the ones that are playing the Devil’s Advocate.

Now you must consider historical facts, such as: The branding of property (chattel, cattle, and slaves), the Nazi branding of the Jews during the 1920s and 1940s, and some would even go as far to say that we in the US have been marked by the use of the Social Security Numbers assigned to everyone who applied for one.  Think about this statement made by Colin Powel made (as the Secretary of State on 6/17/2001) “Finding the Russian scientists may be a problem
being that Russia does not have a Social Security System, as here in America, that allows us to MONITOR, TRACK DOWN and CAPTURE an American citizen.”
  There are a number of references to this on-line if you search.  It was an interview between Colin Powell and Tony Snow on June 17, 2001 in reference to some missing Russian Scientists.

Now, think about the REAL ID ACT OF 2005, which was a mandate by the Federal Government to use these RFID chipsets in your state driver’s licenses.  It was to expire at the end of 2008, but lucky for us that the government was looking out for us by volunteering each state to extend their invitation to accept or opt-in to the program.  When they saw that the states were pitching a fit over this, they (your representatives in the District of Criminals) slipped this mandate into a DHS Appropriations bill.  HMMMMMM!

Consider the ramifications of such a society which violates our basic American Principle!  What will be next?

SEE ALSO:  RFID Part 2, RFID Part 3, RFID Part 4

References

Albrecht, C. (2008, 03 18). Comcast Cameras to Start Watching You? Retrieved 01 27, 2012, from GIGAOM: http://gigaom.com/video/comcast-cameras-to-start-watching-you/

channel, z. (approximately 2008). The Big Brother Pizza Shop . Retrieved 01 25, 2012, from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zh9fibMaEk

Katherine Albrecht, E. &. (© 2003-2007). index.html. Retrieved 01 25, 2012, from SPYCHIPS.COM: http://www.spychips.com/

Katherine Albrecht, E. (© 1999-2004). Retrieved 01 25, 2012, from C.A.S.P.I.A.N.: http://www.nocards.org/

Reed Exhibitions. (2011, 09 15). Significant growth ahead for mobile biometric security market. Retrieved 01 27, 2012, from infosecurity.com: http://www.infosecurity-us.com/view/20771/significant-growth-ahead-for-mobile-biometric-security-market/