California State Senator Wants To Save You From RFID

from the paranoid-much dept

In certain paranoid circles, there's a big fear that at some point, people will be forced to get RFID implants. North Dakota and Wisconsin have already passed laws making it illegal to force somebody to get an RFID implant, and now a California state senator has pushed a similar bill through. This isn't new ground for Joe Simitian, the senator in question. He's sponsored anti-RFID bills in the past, but with little success. The fact remains that few people have any interest in RFID implants, while even the federal government has said that tracking humans with RFID isn't a good idea. Perhaps the bill will assuage the senator's paranoia, but meaningless bans like this won't do much to deal with the real privacy issues surrounding RFID.

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    TPaine, 1 Sep 2007 @ 10:18pm

    Distraction?

    --The same politician will probably introduce a bill to force RFID into sex offenders as soon as he needs to prove he is "tough on crime".

    --The current administration has used private data mining firms like ChoicePoint to bypass Constitutional restrictions and build huge databanks containing private information on all of us - going so far as attempting to bank everyone's DNA! I'm not sure how they planned on doing it, but I'm sure the logistics of collection was the stumbling block to implementation of that idea.
    I suspect the whole RFID issue is a smokescreen to distract us from whatever privacy invasive techniques are already being used against us. Hell, most of it is out in the open - grocery store "points" cards are one example, the internet is a huge data dump - do you know where all your keystrokes are going?

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