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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Brother's Passport to Pry
Privacy advocates are appalled by the ongoing plan to equip all U.S. passports with RFID chips that can be read surreptitiously from a distance

The U.S. is moving closer to requiring citizens to have an identity card that could be scanned from a distance. By the end of 2005, U.S. passports will come with embedded radio-tag chips -- and Congress is considering mandating similar technology in driver's licenses. The government argues that the changes will make America safer from terrorists. But privacy advocates are appalled, fearing that the information could be stolen and misused.


The story begins in 2002, when Congress passed the Enhanced Border Security Act. One provision requires that new passports be equipped with "biometric identifiers" capable of being read by machines -- in essence, a chip with personal identification information. The law also said foreigners who want to come to the U.S. without a visa (as is allowed for visitors from Europe, Japan, and some other countries) must carry a passport with the same technology.
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/nov2004/nf2004115_1663_db016.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2004 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RFID'S SECURITY CHALLENGE
No one has complained of a security breach related to an RFID
deployment - yet.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=6517

LIGHTWEIGHT RFID FRAMEWORK
For those who can't afford or don't need a full implementation of a
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system, author Chen Junwei
provides an overview of a lightweight version that is separate from
existing IT and can enhance inventory and access control at
relatively low cost and easy maintenance.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=6546
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 11/27/04: CA STORE VICTORY; WHAT'S WITH VERICHIP?

CASPIAN Newsletter
<newsletter@nocards.org>

CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 11/27/04: CA STORE VICTORY; WHAT'S WITH VERICHIP?
=====================================================================

Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

We hope you are enjoying a long, relaxing weekend with family and
friends. All of us at CASPIAN are thankful for your interest in consumer
privacy, and appreciate your activism and educational efforts!

NEWS:
1- California grocer drops loyalty card program
2- VeriChip company announces privacy plan
3- Police to peruse your prescriptions?
4- Printer privacy problems expand
5- Petco customer data compromised
6- U.S. RFID passport standards under fire

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE
1- CASPIAN files Freedom of Information Request for VeriChip details
2- CASPIAN in the news
3- CASPIAN members sound off

TOOLS YOU CAN USE:
1- Information on Wal-Mart to share for Christmas shopping season
2- Quick hit: don't give gift cards, give cash

=====================================================================
CALIFORNIA GROCER DROPS LOYALTY CARD PROGRAM
=====================================================================

The emperor has no clothes when it comes to frequent shopper cards. The
programs cost a fortune to implement, are a pain to manage, and are
despised by two thirds of shoppers. Despite this, it takes a brave
retailer to break ranks with the industry leeches who whisper in their
ears how "popular" and "necessary" loyaty programs are. We
offer kudos to PW Supermarkets of the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area
for listening to their customers and dropping the card.

A company spokeswoman explained the decision, saying, "Customers kept
saying, 'We don't want the card. [So] we decided to lose the card, but
keep the savings." Not surprisingly, privacy was a major consideration.
"Customers didn't want to share the information," she said. "Some people
refused to shop with us because they were
afraid Uncle Sam was watching."

If you live in San Jose or Cupertino, reward PW with your shopping
dollars -- and tell them why! For locations, click here:
http://www.pwmarkets.com/locations.htm

To drop them a note of thanks, write to: cerb@pwmarkets.com

Source: CRM Buyer
http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/Grocery-Chain-Discards-Discount-
Cards-38364.html (paste to above line to restore link)
Or: http://tinyurl.com/5amd4

=====================================================================
VERICHIP COMPANY ANNOUNCES PRIVACY PLAN
=====================================================================

VeriChip promoters unveiled a six-point privacy statement earlier this
week that, frankly, has us scratching our heads. Here's one of the
points:

VeriChip should be voluntary and voluntary only. No person, no
employer, no government should force anyone to get "chipped."

Sounds good -- but wait, what about the government employees in Mexico
who were implanted with VeriChips to access their secure data center?
We're pretty sure nobody tied them down and "forced" chips into them,
but what would have happened if they had said no? Is taking a chip to
keep your job really "voluntary?" As for government mandates, this is a
company that envisions a market of "billions," i.e., they want to chip
nearly everyone on earth. How will they accomplish that without
government complicity?

Here's another one:

We pledge to thoughtfully, openly and considerately engage
government, privacy groups, the industry and consumers to assure
that the adoption of VeriChip and RFID technology is through
education and unity rather than isolation and division.

Hmm, if they're so anxious to engage us, why have they not returned our
phone calls?

Source: Yahoo! News, 11/22/04
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/041122/225384_1.html

=====================================================================
POLICE TO PERUSE YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS?
=====================================================================

As if planning to affix RFID tags to medication bottles wasn't bad
enough, the government now wants to share personal prescription records
for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain with law enforcement. A bill
before Congress, The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic
Reporting Act (H.R. 3015), has been passed by the House and is being
considered by the Senate.

"While masquerading as a law enforcement tool to help control
the illegal use of painkillers, the national bill would...create
a central database affecting tens of millions who are not even
suspected of a crime. And the information will be shared with
state and local law enforcement."

The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is leading
the charge against the plan. If you are concerned, urge your senator to
vote "no" (use the easy link below) and print out the AAPS' doctor info
page to share with your physician.

Source: American Association of Physicians and Surgeons
http://www.aapsonline.org/alerts/nasparalert.htm

Click here to send a letter to your senator:
http://www.healthactioncenter.com/action/index.asp?step=2&item=22502

=====================================================================
PRINTER PRIVACY PROBLEMS EXPAND
=====================================================================

We learned last week that Lexmark printers spy on their owners by
phoning home printer usage details to the company. Now it turns out that
Lexmark isn't the only printer company finking on its customers; several
brands of laser printers have been secretly encoding the printers'
serial numbers on printouts. A series of tiny dots function as a
"license plate" that can be used to track printouts to the machine that
made them. If you filled out a warranty card (something you should NEVER
do!), the company can look up your printer's unique "signature" and
share your identity with government investigators.

If you buy a printer, don't register it, and consider more anonymous
means of getting one. eBay, local small computer stores, especially ones
that refurbish used equipment, and similar private sales make it less
likely your printed pages will rat on you.

Source: PC World via Yahoo News
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1093&e=4&u=/pcworld/
20041122/tc_pcworld/118664 (paste to above line to restore link)
or: http://tinyurl.com/6kswg

=====================================================================
PETCO CUSTOMER DATA COMPROMISED
=====================================================================

It's business as usual in the world of corporate data mismanagement.
Petco, the billion dollar retail giant that helped put many local pet
stores out of business, is in trouble for shoddy data security practices
that exposed customer data to hackers. This is ironic considering the
company's March 2000 boast about its (detestable) PALS loyalty card
program:

"'By scanning customers' membership cards at the POS, we
collect data that flows into our host system,' said IT
director Andrew Ross. 'Using database tools, we can analyze
the buying trends of an individual consumer... In addition to
gathering valuable data, PETCO is careful to secure this
information.'"

The bottom line: Data protection promises have become all but
meaningless. If you don't want your data compromised, don't provide it
to retailers! Pay cash, say "no" when asked for data, and boycott stores
with loyalty programs.

Source: Information Week (current story)
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml
?articleID=53700517 (paste to above line to restore link)

DM Bulletin (Petco's March 2000 boast appears here)
http://www.integratedsolutionsmag.com/Articles/2000_03/000301.htm

=====================================================================
U.S. RFID PASSPORT STANDARDS CRITICIZED
=====================================================================

Plans to put RFID chips in passports in 2005 have been roundly
criticized for both privacy and security reasons. Noted cybersecurity
guru Bruce Schneier clearly outlines the problems here:
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2004/10/rfid_passports.html

Now the mainstream press appears to have figured it out, too, with a
recent AP article reporting that "even an executive at one of the
companies developing a prototype for the State Department calls the
international standards woefully inadequate."

In matters like this, it's no fun being right.

Source: Yahoo! News
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=528&e=4&u=/ap/
20041122/ap_on_hi_te/electronic_passports (paste to above line
to restore link)
Or: http://tinyurl.com/3rrn6

=====================================================================
CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE
=====================================================================

1. CASPIAN files Freedom of Information Request for VeriChip details

What are the health risks of the VeriChip implant? What testing was done
prior to FDA approval of the device last month? Will the device shift in
a patient's body or cause burns during an MRI test? Since Applied
Digital Solutions and Digital Angel aren't telling, CASPIAN director
Katherine Albrecht has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with
the FDA to find out. According to law, the government has 20 days to
respond to the request. We'll let you know what we discover.

For more on VeriChip health issues first reported by CASPIAN:
http://www.spychips.com/reports/verichip-fda.html

2. CASPIAN IN THE NEWS

CASPIAN was showcased last week in a five-page Supermarket News feature
on RFID titled "The Privacy Hurdle." The article carried this tagline:
"Like loyalty cards, RFID tags raise questions about consumer privacy,
once again putting retailers on the spot." Featured were the Metro
"Future Store" privacy flap (where we discovered that the store had
hidden RFID tags in its frequent shopper cards), along with the privacy
gaffes of Gillette, Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble. Some great photos of
Katherine and the German RFID protest. (It's not archived online, but
we'll try to scan the highlights. If you're an SN subscriber, see the
Nov 15 edition, page 67.)

Katherine also commented this week on Zebra's new "SurgiChip" RFID
sticker designed to be affixed to patients before surgery, as follows:

"Most medical errors are due to a lack of personal attention to the real
needs of patients, not patient misidentification," [Albrecht] said.
"RFID tags are inventory control devices, and treating patients like
inventory will merely increase the divide between patient and caregiver,
depersonalizing the relationship still further. The money would be
better spent on other preventable problems."

Chicago Sun Times 11/23/04
See: http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-zebra23.html

3. CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF

We've received some terrific letters in response to our request to be
cc'ed on letters to the Spring Independent School administrators in
Houston, Texas regarding their plan to chip students. Here's a sample:

"I can't believe the news I just read that Spring ISD plans to brand
children like cattle with RFID devices. Aren't criminals in prison
treated better? Please stop wasting community and state money on horrors
like this. .... Perhaps you have lost the ability to see the children as
the PEOPLE they are?" -- anonymous

"I strongly oppose your school district's decision to tag
schoolchiildren with RFID tags/chips. This is would move our society
further toward a totalitarian police state. The illusion of security for
children through RFID chips will not make them more secure, in reality,
but only dehumanize them. Only loving and caring human
relations which nurture responsibility between people will bring true
security and peace of mind to parents and supervisors." -- Richard,
currently in Tokyo

We received this letter on spying Lexmark printers from Alan:

"In your latest newsletter I received I found interesting how Lexmark
flat out lied about the hidden file when you install their printer. This
hidden file installs even if you do not participate in their 'program.'
I found a post at a google message board posted by zcrayfish -at-
clis.com that states otherwise. This person even
called Lexmark and they tried to lie about it until they were backed
into a corner so to speak. The hidden folder is titled: Lx_CATS."

Alan tells us the Google post describes how to safely eliminate the
spying files.

=====================================================================
ACTIVISM TOOLS YOU CAN USE
=====================================================================

1. Whether you are a Wal-Mart shopper (*tsk, tsk*) or a Wal-Mart
boycotter, you should check out these reports on the giant megastore. We
found them just the thing to strengthen our anti-Wal-Mart resolve as we
enter the season of heavy shopping. The only thing missing is an expose
of Wal-Mart's role in furthering the surveillance society through
RFID.

NPR Audio: Wal-Mart's Social and Economic Impact
Four-Part Series Examines Influence of Largest U.S. Employer
http://www.npr.org/news/specials/walmart/

PBS Video: Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
90-minute Frontline video
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/walmart/view/

2. Yesterday was "Black Friday" for retailers across the country -- the
day after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year. (It's
called "black" from the phrase "in the black" meaning turning a profit.)
As you start your holiday shopping, if you make gift cards a regular
part of your gift-giving routine, please reconsider. Here are some quick
reasons why cash is a better gift for privacy-minded consumers:

- Cash is anonymous and it's accepted everywhere
- Gift cards, like loyalty and credit cards, reveal consumer
information
- Gift cards not only link individuals and purchases, but can be
used to link individuals to each other
- Since most gift cards may only be redeemed at certain stores, they
force a shopping choice on the recipient. (Is it fair for you to
impose your shopping tastes on others?)
- Many gift cards/certificates never get redeemed -- meaning
extra-easy profit for the company, but no enjoyment for your
recipient
- Many retailers reduce the value of unredeemed gift cards after a
certain period of time and pocket the difference. (Then they
laugh all the way to the bank.)
- People get change back from cash purchases that they can spend
elsewhere. In contrast, gift cards tie up the change as a
balance on the card, forcing additional purchases.

Cash is today's only truly untraceable payment option. Giving cash
encourages its use by others (especially young people), while giving
numbered plastic cards gets them used to traceable payment instruments.
That's a bad precedent for us to set.

Cash: use it or lose it.

=====================================================================

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, all:

Look what we discovered...

-Katherine
=============================================

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2004

VERICHIP RFID IMPLANTS IN MEXICAN OFFICIALS OVERSTATED
Dozens of news outlets unwittingly repeated error, says CASPIAN

News reports earlier this year indicated that 160 employees in the
Mexican Attorney General's Office had been implanted with Verichip RFID
devices. New information indicates that only 18 individuals received the
device, said Katherine Albrecht, Founder and Director of CASPIAN
(Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering).

"Our concern is that dozens of news outlets have repeated the inflated
number, which has reached the level of an urban legend," Albrecht
observed. "I myself have repeated the erroneous figure in several media
interviews, and I want to set the record straight."

Albrecht stumbled upon the discrepancy while following up on the story
this fall. "I contacted the Attorney General's office to get some
additional information on the chipping. A foreign press official sent me
a transcript of a Televisa Mexican television interview with an IT
executive from the Attorney General's office. In the interview, he
clearly states that only 18 employees were chipped."

Albrecht, fluent in Spanish, translated the interview and later followed
up to verify its accuracy. Since her discovery, several reporters have
independently verified that the Attorney General's office places the
official figure at 18. Albrecht's translation of the interview is posted
at the organization's www.spychips.com website.

"Even Applied Digital Solutions, the creator of the VeriChip, cites the
incorrect figure on their website. We have tried to contact the company
to alert them to this situation, but they have not returned our calls,"
said Albrecht.

=====================================================================
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
=====================================================================

The Evidence: Interview Excerpts
================================

A full transcript of the interview with Marco Huitron of the Mexican
Attorney General's Office is available on CASPIAN's website:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/mexican-translation.html

Here are a few salient excerpts:

TELEVISA: In the case at hand, how many PGR officials are we talking
about who have this implanted or are going to get it implanted?

JUSTICE OFFICIAL: The Access Control System, the identification to
access restricted areas, is only for government officials, there are a
total of 18 chips that we have for that purpose.
...

TELEVISA: Sir, then only 18 officials of the PGR have this chip and they
are the only ones who can access the Information Center?

JUSTICE OFFICIAL: This chip is for access control, it is only used by 18
government employees.
...

JUSTICE OFFICIAL: The system consists of sensors to read the chips, the
18 chips that are implanted in the government employees, and a control
system that allows them to be enabled or disabled.

=====================================================================
The press has widely reported the 160 figure
=====================================================================

The following are just some of the publications reporting that 160
members of the Mexican Attorney General's staff were implanted with the
VeriChip RFID device. (We at CASPIAN repeated the error ourselves in a
July press release.)

* Washington Post
* USA Today
* Associated Press
* MSNBC
* Wired
* CNN
* Business Week
* EE Times
* Newsday
* Investor's Business Daily
* InformationWeek
* New Scientist
* ComputerWorld
* San Jose Mercury News
* Dallas Morning News
* San Diego Union Tribune
* The Independent (London)
* Cleveland Plain Dealer
* InfoWorld
* Atlanta Journal and Constitution
* TechWeb
* Slashdot
* Portsmouth Herald
* Houston Chronicle
* Daily Record, Glasgow, Scotland
* FreeRepublic
* CCN (Canadian Corporate News)
* TechNation
* The Register UK
* Security Pipeline
* Cryptogon
* PC Plus
* The New American
* Dubuque Telegraph Herald
* Times Colonist (British Columbia)
* Calgary Herald
* Edmonton Journal (Alberta)
* Daily Record
* IT News
* RFID News
* RFID Gazette
* IT News (sponsored by Microsoft)
* Daily Wireless
* CASPIAN press release

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VeriChip maker, Applied Digital Solutions, boasts inaccurate figure
=====================================================================

Applied Digital Solutions, the maker of the VeriChip, prominently
features several press accounts containing the 160 figure on its
websites. Three such stories currently appear on the company's VeriChip
website:

http://www.4verichip.com/nws_08022004.htm
http://www.4verichip.com/nws_07262004.htm
http://www.4verichip.com/nws_07152004.htm

================================

Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN)
is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes
since 1999. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30
countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing
strategies that invade their privacy and to encourage privacy-conscious
shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

For more information, see:
http://www.spychips.com and http://www.nocards.org
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spyware info,s take on this.

RFID Privacy Concerns

Permalink | Top

I have read yet another article about Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tags and privacy. I am beginning to wonder if every article on the subject is written by someone who is pro-RFID and wants to make privacy advocates look like fools. Something that appears in every one of these stories is a statement similar to this: "privacy advocates are uneasy at the thought of being tracked through the store with a system recording exactly what is in their shopping cart.".

Oh good grief. While I'm sure those very people exist (somewhere), that is not the main objection to RDIF tags. "THEY" are going to find out what items are in my shopping cart anyway when I go to pay for them. The actual concern that people have is that these tags will remain readable once they have left the store.

At the moment, RFID tags are readable only up to a very small distance away. In the future, this will not be the case. Imagine having several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, all tagged with RFID chips, on your person while walking down a dark street. Do you really want someone with an RFID reader following you around? Or how about someone outside your home pretending to read your electric meter while waving an RFID reader up and down the walls outside your bedroom?

There is a clear, simple way to dispell these concerns. All RFID chips, ALL OF THEM, should be destroyed at the point of purchase. This is not a difficult thing to do and it is not asking too much of RFID makers and retailers to do this. And yet, the proponents of RFID tracking technology categorically have refused to consider this when confronted with the idea. Why? What can they possibly be planning to do that requires that these tags not be destroyed after they have left the store?

RFID tracking of inventory is going to happen. And frankly, that is a good thing. It will reduce cost and make it much easier to manage warehouses and retail stocks. I've worked in a warehouse and I would have loved to have had something like this. What is not a good thing is the ominous potential represented by RFID tags out in the wild.

I believe Congress needs to step in here. All we need is one simple requirement, that all RFID tags will be destroyed as soon as the item to which it is attached is purchased. As soon as I hand over cash for the item, it is no longer the store's merchandise. It is now my private property and the store loses any right to track its location.

Here's an idea that solves the problem. Embed the RFID chip into a piece of plastic attached to the merchandise, same as the price tag. The cashier clips off the plastic tag as it is being checked out. In this way the tracking chip never leaves the store, disabled or otherwise. They could even find a way to recycle the tags and save money.

What possible objection could there be to this - unless they have other plans for the tags which "THEY" don't want us to know about?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

After reading the above item, I agree with
it 100$.

I agree that tracking any item owned by the store should
be tracked, but once I've paid for it , it becomes my property.

As it is big business doing this my suggestion would be to shop with smaller stores/shops that don't have the tags.

But like the non-knowledge of spyware by the general public, it's going to take years for it to become widely known, by then we shall all[or mostly all] be in the grips of the big corps.

If I lived in the states I would be shopping in the small shops that don't have the tags.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

linc i agree to a point.
but the tags on products are the least part of this problem.
its the tags that are getting inserted into human bodies thats worrying me!!!! Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 12/06/04: The Market is Responding
=====================================================================

Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

NEWS:
1- Winn-Dixie stumbles, Publix soars
2- Card-free HEB doing well in tough times
3- Wal-Mart sales off in crucial holiday lead-up
4- Seven ways to foil ID thieves
5- Government to track and tax cars?
6- How to slant a survey
7- Restaurants jumping on gift card bandwagon
8- Full-scale RFID to 'take a decade'
9- Little Tikes peddles RFID to children
10- No more returns for you!

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE
1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off
3- Share your refund horror stories
4- Get your privacy project announced here!

TOOLS YOU CAN USE:
1- Free credit report program begins rollout

=====================================================================
WINN-DIXIE STUMBLES, PUBLIX SOARS
=====================================================================

"Shares of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. tumbled in Tuesday trading
after Standard & Poor's said it would drop the grocery store
chain from its S&P 500 index..."

While many things influence a company's stock price, customer
satisfaction is a crucial factor. Customers "vote" with their dollars --
if they don't like a company's practices, they'll take their money to a
competitor. Since 2/3 of shoppers dislike grocery cards, it's not
surprising that Winn-Dixie's woes accelerated shortly after the chain
introduced its "Bonus" card. (We know you left in droves, because you
wrote to tell us about it.)

Your persistence is having a dramatic effect, thanks to all of you
who've switched from Winn-Dixie stores to privacy-friendly, card-free
grocers like Publix. Meanwhile, Publix is doing GREAT and laughing all
the way to the bank. Hooray!

Tell Winn Dixie what they're doing wrong:
Web form: http://www.winn-dixie.com/comments/main.asp
Postal mail: Frank Lazaran President & CEO, Winn Dixie,
5050 Edgewood Court, Jacksonville, FL 32254-3699

Thank Publix for being card-free:
http://www.publix.com/contact/SendUsAMessage.do
Publix Super Markets Corporate Office
ATTN: Consumer Relations, PO Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407

To smile over Publix' Success:
http://www.publix.com/about/newsroom/NewsReleaseItem.do?newsReleaseItemPK=975

To read about Winn Dixie's troubles:
AP via Forbes, 11/30/04
http://www.forbes.com/business/businesstech/feeds/ap/2004/11/30/ap1682007.html

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CARD-FREE HEB DOING WELL IN TOUGH TIMES
=====================================================================

The same week Winn Dixie went into freefall, one of our other favorite
card-free chains, HEB supermarkets, got a great writeup in the Wall
Street Journal. HEB is a privately-owned, 300-store chain in Texas that
listens to its customers and doesn't have a surveillance card either.
Funny how customer-friendly, card-free chains like HEB (and Publix,
above) are thriving, while the bloated, data-grabbing card store
dinosaurs are struggling to compete. Keep up the smart shopping, Texans!

Source: WSJ & Morning News Beat
http://www.morningnewsbeat.com/archives/2004/12/01.html#MNB1

Stop by and thank HEB: http://www.heb.com/welcome/contactUs.jsp

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WAL-MART SALES OFF IN CRUCIAL HOLIDAY LEAD-UP
=====================================================================

Thanksgiving to Christmas sales make up almost one-fourth of Wal-Mart's
annual retail sales. But this year Wal-Mart has had to lower its
forecasts after a poor Thanksgiving-week showing. Spokeswoman Sharon
Weber said:

"We have learned from this and will move quickly to respond
to what our customer has told us during the rest of the
holiday season."

With the Winn-Dixie example as inspiration, now would be a good time to
remind Wal-Mart that keeping customers happy isn't only about prices.
(Remember, Wal-Mart is almost single-handedly driving the RFID spychips
agenda.)

Write: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611
Call: 1-800-WAL-MART (Remember, your phone number is visible when you
dial an 800 number.)
For privacy, call: 479-273-4000

Source: PlanetRetail
http://www.planetretail.net/administration/emailcenter/Ref.asp?ID=8084&How=11121

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SEVEN WAYS TO FOIL ID THIEVES
=====================================================================

With so much personal information being stored corporate and government
web sites, sold to businesses and database-compilers, and "protected"
with inadequate security, it's little wonder we have a problem with
identity theft. Of course, the key is not to give out your private
information in the first place. But for friends and family members who
need a basic primer, Forbes has a crash course on personal data security
practices:

Forbes.com, 11/22/04
http://www.forbes.com/home/personalfinance/2004/11/22/cx_sr_1122idprevention.html

(One tip is to review your credit report periodically. This week's
"Tools You Can Use" section below tells how to do that for free.)

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GOVERNMENT TO TRACK AND TAX CARS?
=====================================================================

California and Oregon hope to track cars to extract every possible penny
of tax from drivers. A California lawmaker who opposes the scheme
explains:

"The bureaucrats are thinking about charging us a tax on each mile we
drive, and they are thinking about sticking a GPS tracker in our cars to
find out how many miles we drive and on which roads we drive them. Let’s
forget about the problem with the government knowing everywhere we drive
(a big privacy problem), think about how stupid this idea is..."

This is all about MONEY. And does anyone really believe the information
gathered will be used only for taxation purposes, or that it will be
discarded after the tax is paid? The scariest part is that when a state
as big as California mandates something, it often spreads to the rest of
the country.

Source: The Village News Network, 12/03/04
http://www.thevillagenewsnetwork.com/?template=00200&si=3269&displaytype=0

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HOW TO SLANT A SURVEY
=====================================================================

Loading survey questions to bias the results toward a particular
position is nothing new. British Home Secretary David Blunkett seems to
take it to a new low, though, asking this question about the proposed
British national ID card:

"Do you welcome plans to tackle organised crime, illegal
immigration, benefit fraud and national security through
the introduction of ID cards?"

As The Register put it, "If that isn't stacking the decks, we don't know
what is." This is an excellent reminder to be very careful interpreting
poll results, particularly when the original questions aren't reported.

Source: The Register, 12/1/04
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/01/id_survey/

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RESTAURANTS JUMPING ON GIFT CARD BANDWAGON
=====================================================================

"Stored value" cards can be reloaded, but not cashed in for any
remaining balance after a purchase. That can translate into easy profit
for the company, as the president of a company called Back Yard Burgers
admits:

"President Michael Myers says he likes them because 64
percent of those who get a gift card will spend above the
amount on the card.'"

Companies testing or selling such cards include Dunkin' Donuts, Chili's,
McDonald's, Panera Bread, and, of course, Starbucks.

"... the success of the Starbucks Card...accounted for
11 percent of Starbucks' North American revenue in fiscal
2004....In a new, likely to be lucrative holiday twist,
Starbucks started a program that lets parents reload kids'
Starbucks cards monthly, tied to a bank card."

So now Starbucks can keep a record of someone's purchases, link it with
someone else's bank account information, and pound yet another nail into
the coffin of cash -- all through one little card. How convenient for
the Food Police to someday enforce anti-obesity laws. (And will
regulation of caffeine be far behind?)

By the way, if you missed last week's newsletter, our holiday
gift-giving advice was to give cash, not gift cards. We oppose gift
cards because they lock the recipient into a single store, encourage
overspending to get full value from the card, reveal personal
information, and link individuals to each other in databases. Cash is a
far more considerate and anonymous gift.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times, 11/30/04
http://www.citizen-times.com/cache/article/food/71585.shtml

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FULL-SCALE RFID TO 'TAKE A DECADE'
=====================================================================

Despite the huge push from retailers like Wal-Mart, Tesco, and Metro, it
seems high costs and skepticism around the technology (not to mention
overwhelming consumer opposition) are limiting RFID deployment -- for
now at least. But if it's true we've got only ten years of freedom and
privacy left, let's use them wisely.

Sources: eWeek, 12/1/04
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1734391,00.asp

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LITTLE TIKES PEDDLES RFID TO CHILDREN
=====================================================================

Here's a Christmas gift you won't see under our tree this year. Little
Tikes is targeting children with RFID technology through the "MagiCook
spammer," a toy featuring RFID tags embedded in plastic food to trigger
sound effects. Since the RFID industry can't get item-level RFID into
our toothpaste, they must have decided to kill two birds with one chi--
er, stone, and go straight for the toys. Not only are toys a vast,
untapped market, but by making RFID look innocuous, toymakers can
condition the next generation to accept tags that can track, monitor,
and report on their activities.

The MagiCook spammer is made by Newell/Rubbermaid. (Yes, that
Rubbermaid.) This company deserves a flood of letters, as well as a
boycott of all their products. If any of you creative types want to make
an anti-Little Tikes website, we'll publicize it here.

http://www.popgadget.net/2004/11/little-tikes-rfid-spammer.html
http://www.littletikes.com/toys/Toys-List.aspx?Page=1&Keyword=RFID

Contact Little Tikes:
Little Tikes, 2180 Barlow Road, Hudson, OH 44236
(330) 650-3000

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NO MORE RETURNS FOR YOU
=====================================================================

The latest trend in anti-customer retailing is refusing to accept
returned merchandise from customers deemed to have already returned too
many items. Imagine standing in a store with faulty merchandise, holding
a receipt, and being told, "Sorry, you've made too many returns already,
Mrs. Smith, we won't take this item back."

This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. The long term plan is to
charge different prices for different customers depending on their
purchase history, and ultimately, to screen shoppers at the door to keep
the "low profit" ones out altogether. This is what we get for over a
decade of identifying ourselves and our shopping histories to retailers.
It's time to put a stop to it.

The Washington Post, 11/07/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30908-2004Nov6.html

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CASPIAN IN THE NEWS
=====================================================================

Founder Katherine Albrecht spent a busy week doing radio interviews and
fielding reporter queries. Journalists covered the RFID-in-passports
debacle, were shocked at our revelation that Mexican government chipping
numbers had been vastly inflated, and took a closer look at the
VeriChip. For a sampling, see these articles from The Register, EE
Times, St. Petersburg Times and Internet News:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/30/mexican_verichip_hype/
http://www.eet.com/article/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=54200463
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/11/28/Business/Scannable_humans_comp.shtml
http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3441721

Applied Digital Solutions, the company that makes the VeriChip human
RFID implant, has a very shady past. For an expose (in which CASPIAN
played a key role), see:

http://www.newtimesbpb.com/issues/2004-11-25/news/news.html

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CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

"Thanks for this wonderful information. I'm happy to pass it on every
time to friends here in the US and also to a friend in Europe. I
appreciate your efforts and take your suggestions seriously. My three
nephews will not be getting Best Buy gift cards for Christmas, I'll give
them the cash." - CASPIAN member Laura

-----

"I certainly hope your clear-sighted action with regard to eliminating
'loyalty' cards spreads....I feel under siege in our local 'savers club'
store and have not shopped there in the five years they have had the
program." - J, Illinois

-----

"I write to top management of all stores who switch to cards telling
them I will no longer shop there. I also write to top management of all
stores that I hear of who are considering going to cards telling them
that I will no longer shop there if they do. Card stores can't give me a
genuine bargain without compromising my privacy." - New CASPIAN member
Bette, in Washington

-----

"An article in...New Scientist magazine (Nov27-Dec3, Vol 184, No 2475)
entitled 'The phone that knows you better than you do' discusses
research being done at MIT. They are using Bluetooth equipped phones and
a central database to track and predict not only your location but also
your activities and who you are with..... I find this type of spying on
people's activities much more frightening the RFID chips. Having a
private database that knows where I am, who I'm with and what I am
supposedly doing is about as Orwellian as it gets." - New CASPIAN member
in Oregon

See: http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/phones/phones.jsp?id=23862700

-----

"I have been installing locks, alarms, etc for many years to protect
people's privacy and property. Electronic intrusion is a very big threat
to our democracy, because it inhibits people from thinking and acting
according to their conscience." - New CASPIAN member William, in Wyoming

-----

CASPIAN member Jeff, in California, writes: "... you wrote that PW
Markets has dropped their loyalty card program. Did you study their
site, visit their store(s), or just read their press release? I think
you've been had."

CASPIAN Associate Director John Vanderlippe responds:

Like a lot of stores, PW appears to be continuing the card program if
you want to donate a portion of your purchase to a school through
"escrip.com." But I see no indication that a card is REQUIRED in any
way to get a discount or otherwise. Here's what it says on PW's page:

"We have listened to you! We've made saving at PW Markets easier than
ever! Since we opened our doors in 1943 we've prided ourselves in
listening to our customers. So when you told us that you didn't want the
extra hassle of a club card we heard you loud and clear. Now you can
take advantage of the PW special savings every day without the fuss
of a card. Life shouldn't be complicated, so save time and save money at
PW today!

Continue to use your PW Value Card to maintain your support for eScrip
and your purchases will support the non-profit organization of your
choice"

-----

"Depending upon the state the card was purchased, there is another
entity that profits from unredeemed gift cards: the state. In New
Jersey, an "escheat" (state acquisition of dormant accounts after a set
period of time) was recently extended to store gift cards. Although the
store might pocket the interest from the money held on the unredeemed
cards, the state gets the face value of the card eventually. In any
case, the recipient doesn't get anything. (There is a provision for
reclaiming the money later on but most people won't know how to do it or
have the necessary documents, such as the sales receipt for the card, to
file a claim with the state.)" - CASPIAN staff member J.D.

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SHARE YOUR REFUND HORROR STORIES
=====================================================================

The latest trend in anti-customer retailing is refusing to accept
returned merchandise from customers deemed to have returned too many
items in the past. Have you had a recent experience where a store
refused to process a return? Tell us about it!

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ACTIVISM TOOLS YOU CAN USE
=====================================================================

GET YOUR PRIVACY PROJECT ANNOUNCED HERE! We'd like to feature things
CASPIAN members are doing to help increase awareness of important
consumer privacy issues. Recently, we featured Australian member Shaun
Saunders' excellent book, "Mallcity 14" (available at
http://www.trafford.com/4dcgi/view-item?item=6169). If you have a web
site with a page or section related to consumer privacy; if you're
planning a protest or some other activism; or if you're working on a
project and want to get help or announce it -- let us know and we'll
help spread the word. Email your contributions to Sunni, at sunni -at-
nocards -dot- org, preferably with "activist update" as the subject so
your message won't be filtered as junk.

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ACTIVISM TOOLS YOU CAN USE
=====================================================================

FREE CREDIT REPORT PROGRAM BEGINS ROLLOUT

A federally-mandated program to give eligible individuals free annual
credit reports has begun. In usual government fashion, though, it isn't
available to all individuals yet -- just those who live in the western
U.S. To request your report, or find out when your state will begin
participating in the program, please see:

https://www.annualcreditreport.com/

=====================================================================

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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Colorado Firm Tries To Make RFID Chip from Plastic
Colorado Firm Tries To Make RFID Chip from Plastic

By Paul Beebe
The Gazette
12/20/04 8:51 AM PT

Truly widespread use of RFID technology has been limited by cost. RFID chips made with silicon cost between 25 cents and $1, making them too expensive to track low-priced items such as bags of potato chips. OrganicID expects to bring its chips down to less than a penny.

http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/39113.html
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Countdown to RFID
[December 23, 2004] As the Jan. 1 target to meet retailers' RFID mandates
nears, auto-identification in the supply chain remains a work in progress.
Read the article:
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,1b0d,1,mmu,3u6j,9s3s,a9gz
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RFID Cards to Include Tin Foil Hats?
Privacy
Technology
Posted by CowboyNeal on Friday December 24, @12:48AM
from the passport-privacy-pondered-plaintively dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The tinfoil hat finally gains government approval. From the story: 'Wrap an RFID chip [of the US passport] inside a Faraday cage, and the electromagnetic waves from the chip reader can't get in and activate the chip. The State Department says it may use the principle to give travelers an added sense of security. No, there won't be rolls of aluminum foil included with every passport. Instead, the passport cover may include a network of wires woven into the fabric. Fold the passport shut, and there's your Faraday cage. Even Schneier agrees that a properly shielded passport cover should solve the problem. He wonders why this wasn't included in the original plans for the new passports. 'It took a bunch of criticism before they even mentioned it,' Schneier said. And he hopes the anti-snooping technology is thoroughly tested before the new passports are introduced next spring.'" We've also seen this suggested in the past.

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Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa

NEWS:
1- Radio Frequency Energy Shown to Harm DNA
2- Credit Cards Surpass Checks
3- High-Tech Ink is a Privacy Fink
4- RFID Pill Bottles to Monitor Drug Use
5- Shop Lower on the Food Chain
6- Wal-Mart Computers Programmed to Cheat?
7- Is our Data Safe on Corporate Computers?
8- SmartBargains.com is Not so Smart on Privacy

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE
1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off

TOOLS YOU CAN USE:
1- See FoeBuD for German anti-RFID information and merchandise

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RADIO FREQUENCY ENERGY SHOWN TO HARM DNA
=====================================================================

Researchers in Europe have confirmed that the electromagnetic radiation
(known as EMF energy) emitted by cell phones and RFID readers causes
damage to human DNA. The four-year "REFLEX" study, funded by the
European Union, found that cells exposed to EMF showed "a significant
increase in single and double-strand DNA breaks."

"There was remaining damage for future generation of cells," said
project leader Franz Adlkofer, meaning the change was passed along.
Mutated cells are seen as a possible cause of cancer. "We don't want to
create a panic, but it is good to take precautions," he added, advising
people to use a land line rather than a cell phone when possible.

While people can choose not to use cell phones, it may be harder to
avoid RFID readers. As CASPIAN has repeated pointed out, the RFID
industry envisions such readers in floors, doorways, walls, shelving,
ceilings, and even in the medicine cabinets and refrigerators of our own
homes. Already, RFID readers used in the supply chain at Wal-Mart stores
in Dallas/Fort Worth bombard employees with ultra high frequency EMF
radiation, and retailers have hidden RFID readers in store shelves that
emit similar energy.

Source: Reuters, 12/20/04
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=7141544

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CREDIT CARDS SURPASS CHECKS
=====================================================================

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that, "For the first time,
Americans' use of credit cards, debit cards and other electronic bill
paying has eclipsed paper checks. The number of electronic payment
transactions last year totaled 44.5 billion -- exceeding the number of
checks paid, 36.7 billion -- according to Federal Reserve studies
released Monday."

Plastic, numbered cards dominate Americans' wallets, making it
increasingly easy to track the who, what, when and where of our
transactions. Need we remind you how important it is to use anonymous
cash?

Source: Los Angeles Daily News, 12/6/04
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20950~2580307,00.html

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HIGH-TECH INK IS A PRIVACY FINK
=====================================================================

We've reported on printers that spy on their owners through phone-home
spyware and hidden serial numbers. Now comes XINK -- a line of
conductive inks that could give RFID tracking abilities to paper. From
the company web site:

"XINK advanced conductive and resistive formulations allow
printing of complex electronic circuitry, including flexible
paper sensors (package security), sensor grids (smart
pharmaceutical packaging), keypads (electronic paper
diaries), and of course RFID antennas."

While "conventional" RFID antennas can be detected (if you know where to
look), ink-based RFID antennas could be printed under packaging ink to
make consumer product package tracking virtually invisible.

Source: UsingRFID.com, 12/9/04
http://www.usingrfid.com/news/read.asp?lc=s27253hx312zp
XINK site: http://informationmediary.com/xink/

Flint Ink has long been touting such a product through its Precisia
website:
http://www.precisia.net/

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RFID PILL BOTTLES TO MONITOR DRUG USE
=====================================================================

The pharmaceutical industry and the FDA hope to someday monitor every
pill we take -- in our own homes. Sounds far-fetched, until you learn
they're actually developing the tools to make it happen:

"The Med-ic eCAP is an electronic compliance monitor which tracks
medication usage without active patient input. It consists of an RFID
"smart" tag, embedded into a RemindCapR bottle cap which records the
time at which the bottle is opened by the patient to remove the tablet
or capsule, logging the patient's medication use."[1]

The industry also has plans to "track medication usage for any standard
blister packaging format...[through] sensor grid technology and a
proprietary process of printed conductive inks."[2]

At present these packages are for use with volunteers who agree to be
observed and monitored, but soon government-sanctioned drug peddlers
will want to ensure that you take every last Prozac you've been
prescribed.

Source: Information Mediary Corporation (IMC) [1]
http://informationmediary.com/ecap/
[2] http://informationmediary.com/medic/

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SHOP LOWER ON THE FOOD CHAIN
=====================================================================

The heavy hitters of the American grocery scene are Wal-Mart (#1), the
retail force behind the RFID surveillance agenda; Kroger, Albertsons and
Safeway (#2, #3 and #4, respectively) with their detestable "loyalty"
cards; Ahold (#5) -- the corrupt, scandal-ridden "Enron of the
supermarket world" with a card of its own; and Costco and Sam's Club (#6
and #7), where all purchases are monitored and recorded by design.

But as you go down the food chain, some privacy-friendly grocers begin
to stand out. Employee-owned Publix (#Cool has no card and boasts about
it. A&P (#11) has been eliminating the card programs at its stores due
to customer demand. We've mentioned Texas' card-free HEB before (#12),
and we've done studies to show how low the prices are at card-free
Meijer (#14).

Dropping down further, we find Raley's (#20), a terrific chain in
California that has sworn off cards; Whole Foods Market (#21), where the
food is natural and the shopping surveillance-free; and Stater Brothers
(#24), one of our favorite Southern California stores that has kept its
home-town feel.

Since we haven't said much about Whole Foods before, we thought we'd
shine a spotlight on them in this issue. This upscale, card-free,
natural foods grocer is making huge gains in the market by following a
pro-consumer, real-food ethic along the lines of Trader Joe's, whose
virtues have been extolled here before. Whole Foods doesn't have a
"loyalty" card program (though they once toyed with the idea and
discarded it). And when Sunni recently spoke with their CEO John Mackey,
he assured her that they have no intention of creating one in the
future.

Katherine, the ultimate retail purist, shops at Whole Foods herself, and
appreciates being able to support the smaller food companies whose
products appear on Whole Foods' shelves. You won't find products from
Procter & Gamble, Kraft, or Coca Cola there. Instead, you'll find
little, independent companies like Rapunzel Organics, makers of GMO-free
corn starch. (For about as anti-corporate a staff photo as you could
ever want, check out http://www.rapunzel.com/company/company_staff.html
and smile.)

Save your privacy and put in a vote for retail diversity. Direct your
business to stores that respect your dignity and privacy and help send
them up the competitive ladder.

Source: FMI, Top US Supermarket and Grocery Chains
http://www.fmi.org/facts_figs/faq/top_retailers.htm

Whole Foods Market web site (with store locator):
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

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WAL-MART COMPUTERS PROGRAMMED TO CHEAT?
=====================================================================

That's the allegation of a Massachusetts lawsuit. The suit contends that
payroll computers were programmed to shave time off workers' records.
Wal-Mart "hid documents and finally got nailed," said Robert Bonsignore,
the attorney handling the case.

Wal-Mart is not the only food retailer accused of payroll shenanigans.
Albertsons, Kroger and Safeway just paid $22.4 million to settle a class
action lawsuit brought against them by more than two thousand janitors
who claim they were underpaid by the chains' Southern California
stores.

If these allegations are true, they speak volumes to the trustworthiness
of the big retailers involved. Can we consumers trust companies that
systematically cheat their employees?

Source Wal-Mart story: Boston Herald, 12/9/04
http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=57910

Source for Janitor story: Morning NewsBeat, 12/8/04
http://morningnewsbeat.com/archives/2004/12/08.html#MNB7

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IS OUR DATA SAFE ON CORPORATE COMPUTERS?
=====================================================================

Corporations say it over and over, "Trust us with your information.
We'll keep it private and safe." But a new study suggests company
computers are plagued with spyware:

"Corporate systems are riddled with spyware, according to a
study by an anti-spyware firm [Webroot]. .... [An] average
five per cent of the PCs scanned had system monitors and 5.5
per cent had Trojan horse programs, the two most nefarious
and potentially malicious forms of spyware."

Even if companies do have the best of intentions, your data could be at
risk. Like CASPIAN has said all along, if you don't want your
information shared, don't give it out.

Source: The Register, 12/2/04
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/02/corp_spyware_survey/

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SMARTBARGAINS.COM IS NOT SO SMART ON PRIVACY
=====================================================================

If you've shopped at SmartBargains.com, a popular discount shopping
website, your transaction data is up for sale.

SmartBargains shoppers might have been reassured by the company's
privacy policy that states, "Information about our customers is an
important part of our business, and we are not in the business of
selling it to others." However, CASPIAN Associate Director John
Vanderlippe has found otherwise.

According to DM news, Millard Group Inc. is offering SmartBargains
shopper information for sale. This information includes the
"SmartBargains.com file of 159,100 last-3-month Internet buyers." The
file is selectable by geography, recency, gender, dollar, and more,
according to the report.

We wonder how many other websites might be similarly misleading
customers through vaguely written privacy policies.

Sources: DM News, 12/7/04
http://www.dmnews.com/cgi-bin/artprevbot.cgi?article_id=31205

SmartBargains.com privacy policy as of 12/9/04
http://www.smartbargains.com/privacy.aspx

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CASPIAN IN THE NEWS
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In addition to mentions in the New York Times and Popular Mechanics,
CASPIAN has been cited in other publications, including:

WAL-MART RFID TIMETABLE
High-tech tracking devices raise concerns on privacy
By Donna DeMarco, Washington Times - Washington,DC,USA
http://washingtontimes.com/business/20041229-120624-5341r.htm

VERICHIP
What the FDA Won't Tell You about the VeriChip
CBN News, The 700 Club
For the article:
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/041210a.asp
To watch the video:
http://www.cbn.com/700club/showinfo/schedule/previousbroadcasts.asp
(Scroll to December 10)

RETAIL SURVEILLANCE
'Video Miners' Use Hidden Cameras in Stores
By Joseph Pereira, Wall Street Journal December 21, 2004; Page B1
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB110357897849105150,00.html?mod=technology%5Ffeatured%5Fstories%5Fhs
(Requires subscription)
Or see it mirrored here:
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/business/10481072.htm

RFID IN PASSPORTS
Some fear it's a passport to identity theft
By Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
December 13, 2004
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2004/12/13/some_fear_its_a_passport_to_identity_theft

BAD RETURN POLICIES
Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/investing/personalfinance/chi-0412190410dec19,1,186205.story?coll=chi-businessyourmoney-hed
(free subscription - or see www.bugmenot.com for login info)

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CASPIAN MEMBER NEWS
=====================================================================

CASPIAN member James Mata, in California, maintains ZombieWire, a web
site full of interesting news, cool art, and other information
concerning RFID tags and privacy. Check it out!
http://www.zombiewire.com/

CASPIAN staff member Sunni Maravillosa contributed a chapter to the book
"National ID Systems: Essays in Opposition," currently available at
Laissez Faire books (neither Sunni nor CASPIAN makes money from sales
generated through the link below):
http://www.lfb.com/index.php?stocknumber=IN8783

In part because the National ID push is heating up in the U.S., Sunni
has posted a slightly different version of the chapter than what was
published. It's available at her web site:
http://www.sunnimaravillosa.com/freedom/idpostrev.html

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CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

"RFID = sensor = bug = spy chip = ?????

"...Ubiquitous RFID networks, or something similar, is the 'last mile'
needed to complete a closed loop tracking system...." - Anonymous
CASPIAN member

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"I think we are entering a very dangerous time in our history when
corporations and the government can spy on us through the use of RFID
technologies without our knowledge." - Brook, in CA

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"I am shocked and fearful of the future. I want my privacy. I am not a
number, a piece of cattle. For the past few years I have been
questioning the social culture, the media propaganda. I always thought I
was just paranoid. But thanks to sites like this, I realize I am not
alone." - Anonymous, in UK

-----
"To embed your RFID in the container for logistical purposes is one
thing ... but to be photographing consumers is another...

"So I now use Schick

"And when they do the scumbag B.S. that you do .... I will go to a
safety razor, and when they do it ... I will move to a straight
razor,...and when they do it I will use an OYSTER SHELL!" - Letter sent
to Gillette (BCC'd to CASPIAN)

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"...it's pretty obvious that this proposed "mileage tax" [as mentioned
in a previous newsletter] is ... about finding an excuse to put an
expensive tracking device on the car of every citizen in California. And
I swear I'll leave the state, or give up driving, or SOMETHING if they
do that. I will not be tracked." - Kim, in CA

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ACTIVISM TOOLS YOU CAN USE
=====================================================================

German friends FoeBuD have anti-RFID merchandise -- some silly, some
serious -- for sale. Have a browse (CASPIAN makes no money off of FoeBuD
sales):
https://shop.foebud.org/

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CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Consumer Concerns Over RFID technology

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I was going to write something entirely different about RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Then I started snooping around the Spychips web site http://www.spychips.com/ and found this interesting study http://cryptome.org/rfid/cam-autoid-eb002.pdf . It seems that the Auto-ID Centre, the group pushing RFID technology, has done an international study of consumer reaction to the technology.

This study quite nicely summarizes the objections people have to RFID tracking technology. Not surprisingly, privacy is the most common concern. Universally, people want the tracking chips to be disabled or removed when the tagged product is purchased. Surprisingly, the conclusion of the study suggests that this should be done.

That always has been my opinion of RFID. I don't care how a product is tracked before I put my hands on it. Once I buy it, however, it ceases to be merchandise and becomes my private property. At that point, all tracking of the item should cease unconditionally.

If the companies using these chips agree to having them disabled at purchase, that would be great. However, I still would prefer that the option to do otherwise be removed by legislation. I would like to see a federal law that mandates that all RFID tracking chips be removed at the point where the merchandise is handed over to the consumer. If live RFID tags are permitted to remain on consumer goods after they have been purchased, it is only a matter of time before someone abuses the technology.
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CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 1/21/05
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Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

NEWS:
1- TESCO announces massive RFID rollout
2- Wal-Mart misses RFID mandate, downplays problems
3- Wal-Mart sets up propaganda site, spends fortune on advertising
4- Your calls are monitored, even on hold
5- Albertsons to spend customer dollars on spying tech
6- MedicAlert develops new way to store medical records
7- Thailand authorities chip tsunami victims
8- Cell phone company's database hacked for a year or more
9- IBM buys spookware company
10- Customer spyware pushers resort to desperate tactics
11- More outrageous CRM gems

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE
1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off
3- Volunteer Corner

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TESCO ANNOUNCES MASSIVE RFID ROLLOUT
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Tesco is the world's third largest retailer, with stores across Europe
and Asia. In the single largest purchase of RFID infrastructure to date,
the chain has announced plans to install 16,000 RFID antennae and 4,000
readers across its UK retail stores and distribution centers. But the
real kicker for consumers is the company's plan to expand item-level
tagging of consumer products. This not only violates privacy experts'
call for a moratorium on item-level tagging, but means more Tesco
shoppers could soon be taking spychips home with them.

Among the hollow promises offered for the move are lower prices and
better customer services. Tell us, TESCO: how does spending millions on
an over-hyped, under-performing technology that your customers don't
want provide either of those things?

We predict that our sizable UK membership will not let TESCO's move go
unchallenged.

Source: Computer Weekly, 1/12/05
http://www.computerweekly.com/articles/article.asp?liArticleID=136136

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WAL-MART MISSES RFID TARGET DATE, DOWNPLAYS PROBLEMS
=====================================================================

Well, well: January 1, 2005 came and went, and Wal-Mart's mandate for
its top 100 suppliers to ship their goods with RFID tags wasn't just
missed, but missed spectacularly. Wal-Mart is working overtime to
downplay the problems with RFID implementation, but several news
articles provide interesting details, including these facts:

- the technology only has a 60% success rate for Wal-Mart
- many suppliers are dragging their feet on complying with
Wal-Mart mandate

Does Wal-Mart confess that its suppliers don't like RFID? Does it reveal
that customers don't want tags on their razors and shampoo? Nope. The
most recent word from Wal-Mart is that they've declared RFID "a success"
and announced plans to expand their chipping to 600 stores and a dozen
distribution centers by this fall. They apparently define success the
way the old USSR did.

Sources: NY Times, 12/27/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/27/technology/27rfid.html?ex=1261803600&en=dc8bfdf3fd86e222&ei=5090&partner=geartest

Information Week, 12/21/04
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=55801427&tid=5979

Slashdot, 12/27/04 (lots of information buried in comments)
http://it.slashdot.org/it/04/12/27/1213205.shtml?tid=126

Detroit Free Press, 1/18/05
http://www.freep.com/money/business/retail18e_20050118.htm

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WAL-MART SETS UP PROPAGANDA SITE, SPENDS FORTUNE ON ADVERTISING
=====================================================================

Wal-Mart is truly an amazing company. Who else could chronically
antagonize their suppliers, employees, and customers -- and still get
good press? Money talks, so when Wal-Mart spent a fortune on full-page
ads in over 100 papers around the country last week, it got the media's
attention, garnering major pro-Wal-Mart stories in USA Today, MSNBC, and
elsewhere.

In an effort to stem the bleeding from wounds inflicted on it from all
sides, Wal-Mart put up a new web site designed to address its critics.
We checked it out, and for something that's supposed to be "unfiltered,"
there's remarkably little information in the single paragraph that
addresses RFID technology. Maybe they're still working on answering us.

Sources:
USA Today, 1/12/05
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/2005-01-12-walmart-usat_x.htm

Forbes, 1/13/05
http://www.forbes.com/business/feeds/ap/2005/01/13/ap1759102.html

Wal-Mart Facts
http://www.walmartfacts.com/

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YOUR CALLS ARE MONITORED, EVEN WHILE ON HOLD
=====================================================================

"This phone call may be monitored for quality assurance." You hear it
nearly every time you call a large company. But we bet you didn't know
that everything you say while you're on hold may also be listened to and
recorded. That's right -- even through the Muzak, a customer service rep
could be listening to you while you talk with your spouse, roommate, or
child. Ugh. In addition, your sensitive information (passwords, Social
Security Numbers, account information, plus whatever gets said while
you're on hold) could be going to outside companies hired by the company
you thought you were calling.

We wonder just exactly how eavesdropping on customers helps with
"quality assurance," unless they're referring to the quality of the
customer dossier they're keeping on you. The lesson from this disturbing
revelation? Never, *never* assume that your call isn't being monitored.

Source: New York Times, 1/11/05
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/11/business/11snoop.html
(registration required; or use http://www.bugmenot.com/)

This story is also available from CNET:
http://news.com.com/Your+rants+on+hold+may+be+monitored/2100-1022_3-5530021.html

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ALBERTSONS TO SPEND CUSTOMER DOLLARS ON SPYING TECH
=====================================================================

Albertsons CEO Larry Johnston just doesn't get it. This is the man who a
few years back had his company invest in GPS tracking devices for
shopping carts to better monitor customers -- as if the company's nasty
"loyalty" card wasn't bad enough. His latest brainstorm involves
spending millions on high-tech systems to better track shoppers in real
time and get them to do the cashiers' work, to boot. Here's the scheme:

"If all goes as planned, in 18 months shoppers in all 2,500
stores will use handheld scanners ... connected to a company
database and a global-positioning-satellite system. The
devices will read product labels and keep a running tab; they
can direct customers to the shortest path to their groceries
and alert them to special offers based on past purchases ....
At the exit, the scanner charges the total to a credit card.
No checkout line. No waiting."

Yeah, and no privacy, either. Did you catch the part about monitoring
your location and keeping tabs on your past purchases?

If you're still shopping at Albertsons (and you have our sympathy if you
do, plus our encouragement to join our boycott), your money is funding
this lunacy. Albertsons stock has done poorly since right around about
the time they introduced the hated "Preferred Customer" card, which
sparked CASPIAN-led protests and a boycott. Spending customer dollars on
more tracking isn't going perk up the growth charts, Mr. Johnston.

Source: Business Week, 1/25/05
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_04/b3917107.htm

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MEDICALERT DEVELOPS NEW WAY TO STORE MEDICAL RECORDS
=====================================================================

MedicAlert, the nonprofit organization supplying bracelets since 1956,
has a new way to get emergency medical information to health care
practitioners. The company's new Personal HealthKey stores medical
records on a SanDisk USB flash drive. This platform is nearly universal
-- almost all computers have USB ports -- and it can be a secure way to
exchange information. It's certainly better than implantable RFID
technology, and it's telling that MedicAlert chose to go with the older,
more privacy-respecting alternative.

However, while we're glad to see MedicAlert avoiding the pitfalls of the
RFID microchip implant, we're concerned about consolidating so much
information in one place. As we've seen so many times before,
concentrated data becomes an irresistible target for data mining by
corporations and government alike. What's now a voluntary choice could
someday become a mandated necessity for anyone to receive health care.
MedicAlert, good as its intentions are, may be playing with fire here.

Source: c|net news, 1/5/05
http://news.com.com/MedicAlert+to+arm+patients+with+USB+drives/2100-7353_3-5513412.html

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THAILAND AUTHORITIES CHIP TSUNAMI VICTIMS
=====================================================================

Thailand is one of the countries already foisting a national ID on its
citizens, so it came as no surprise to us at CASPIAN that its
authorities turned to microchipping the unidentified victims of the
tsunami. Supposedly that will be a big boost for RFID implantation, but
all we can think is, "It's pretty bad that the only people they can get
to take the chips without an argument are dead."

Source: The Nation, 12/31/04
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2004/12/31/national/index.php?news=national_15939002.html

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CELL-PHONE COMPANY'S DATABASE HACKED FOR A YEAR OR MORE
=====================================================================

Cell-phone giant T-Mobile has been thoroughly embarrassed by the
disclosure that a hacker enjoyed access to the company's entire database
on its 16 million customers for "at least a year." Apparently, the
hacker could access Social Security numbers, voicemail PINs, passwords
-- everything but credit card numbers.

T-Mobile knew about the problem as far back as July of last year, but
still has not released any public comment on this huge privacy breach.
It's unforgivable when companies try to pretend there's nothing going on
after a problem of this magnitude is discovered. Repeat after us:
"Companies can't be trusted to keep our personal information secure."

Source: Security Focus, 1/11/05
http://www.securityfocus.com/news/10271

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IBM BUYS SPOOKWARE COMPANY
=====================================================================

Most of us knew IBM as a computer hardware company. But now that they've
sold their manufacturing business to a Chinese company, IBM is moving
into sinister territory: consumer espionage. Case in point: IBM just
acquired a company called "Systems Research and Development" (SRD),
which sounds rather boring until you find out what they do.

SRD specializes in "identity management products" and "customer
relationship management" (CRM). Their flagship product, NORA, which
stands for Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness, essentially combs through
databases, looking for subtle bits of information about people and their
relationships. So, for example, if you're linked to someone who's
flagged as a shopper with "excessive returns," you may not be offered
special deals that others without such a link would get.

Welcome to the new discrimination. Based on associations, IBM will help
companies reward the "right" (read "compliant") customers and try to
distance themselves from the "wrong" ones -- people like us who rock the
boat, for example. It's disturbing to see a once-respected company like
IBM sinking into this kind of mire.

Source: The Register, 1/7/05
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/07/ibm_buys_srd/

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CUSTOMER SPYWARE PUSHERS RESORT TO DESPERATE TACTICS
=====================================================================

The Customer Relationship Management (CRM) industry earns billions every
year peddling customer spyware to retailers. So what's a CRM pusher to
do when ethical executives say "no" to tracking customers and
trafficking in their data?

They insult them! Here's how a recent newsletter, signed by Gwynne
Young, Managing Editor of CRMguru.com, portrayed executives who resist
the pressure to invest in CRM industry products:

"Resistance Is Futile. There's always one in the crowd:
It's the guy who kept wearing bell-bottoms until they came
back in fashion a decade later or the gal who refuses to
get a cell phone. But when it comes to business, the person
who resists change can bring everything to a halt."

Scandalous words, but the fact that Ms. Young has to resort to this kind
of rhetoric is actually good news. Her comments reveal that there are a
lot of executives out there bucking the CRM trend -- and it's not
surprising. Not only is CRM invasive and offensive to customers, which
can seriously damage a company's reputation, but its exorbitant costs
can damage their bottom line, too.

Let's hope the bell-bottom wearers keep up the good work and tell the
CRM industry to get lost. This "resistance is futile" message is simply
wrong -- CASPIAN is living proof.

Quotation from a CRMGuru.com newsletter, sent on 1/13/05

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MORE OUTRAGEOUS CRM GEMS
=====================================================================

Still wondering why we're so thoroughly repulsed by the CRM industry?
Here's another sample pulled from a random CRMGuru article to help put
the industry in focus:

"This is the real reason you invest in CRM: You want to milk
your best customers for all the money they can spend with
your category. Every trick is allowed, even data-mining your
customer base to predict the next best product and then
matter-of-factly dropping it as a recommendation in a customer
service conversation."

Gross, huh? Or how about this gem from the same piece:

"CRM strategy and tools can help you remember who your
customer is (data) and remind your customer who you are
(communications) in a virtuous circle where you can make
your customer say, 'Now, they really know me!'"

Yo, guys! Haven't you figured it out yet? We don't want you to know us!

Source: CRMguru.com 11/10/04
http://www.crmguru.com/articles/2004/The_Loyalty_Question_Is_Are_You_Loyal_to_Your_Customer-God/1384

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CASPIAN ANNOUNCEMENTS
=====================================================================

A few updates on the newsletter: We are moving from a sporadic
publication schedule to a more structured, twice-a-month publication
schedule. And, starting with this issue, look for it online too! To find
CASPIAN newsletters online, go to
http://www.nocards.org/news/index.shtml (please note that this feature
will become available around 1/24/05.)

We've begun featuring news about CASPIAN staff and members, and we'd
love to feature your consumer privacy comments, web site, or activism.
Email Sunni with details: sunni -at- nocards -dot- org. Comments may be
edited for brevity and/or clarity; please specify if you wish to be
anonymous. CASPIAN is growing by leaps and bounds, and we're proud to
share our successes with other members, to help inspire and motivate us
all. Thanks for all you do!

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CASPIAN STAFF AND MEMBER NEWS
=====================================================================

Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht recently published an article for
state lawmakers titled "RFID: The Big Brother Bar Code" in the Winter
2004 edition of American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) policy
forum.

Here's some info on ALEC from their web site: "With more than 2,400
members, ALEC is the nation's largest bipartisan, individual membership
association of state legislators. One-third of all state legislators
belong to ALEC."

If you'd like to read it, we've posted the article on our Spychips web
site. Find it at:
http://www.stop-rfid.org/documents/alec-big-brother-barcode-article.html

-----
Sunni Maravillosa has announced a new book project focusing on how and
why privacy erosion is troublesome, and offering ways to reclaim your
lost privacy. An estimated publication date has not been established.
http://www.sunnimaravillosa.com/archives/00000130.html

-----
Tom Servo publishes "warzine," a blog focusing on resistance to privacy
invasions. Very interesting stuff:
http://www.warzine.blogspot.com/

-----
CASPIAN has seen an impressive growth in membership and newsletter
subscribers. Here's a rundown of some locations our new privacy-minded
colleagues hail from:

INTERNATIONAL: Canada, France, Germany, India, Nigeria, and the UK.
U.S.: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio,
Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

We welcome each of you!

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CASPIAN IN THE NEWS
=====================================================================

A few recent highlights:

A feature in the January issue of Popular Mechanics called "Who's Spying
on You?" brought us many new members (hi, folks, and welcome aboard!);
we got a mention in Scotland; and Katherine was quoted in a Washington
Times article on Wal-Mart's missed RFID chip mandate.

Popular Mechanics:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/research/1161417.html

The Scotsman:
http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=7092005

Washington Times, 12/29/04:
http://washingtontimes.com/business/20041229-120624-5341r.htm

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CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

"Where have our rights gone, and who is going to take a stand in
discouraging these companies from intentionally invading our common
privacy?" - Mary, Ohio

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"I was just reading about Gap's secret photographing of their
unsuspecting customers as they entered the store and was completely
outraged and alarmed! As a Gap shopper I find this blatant invasion of
privacy beyond intrusive." - Michele, Canada

-----
"Security culture and subsequently the implementation of tech such as
RFID relies on a certain amount of secrecy .... we must break through
that and illustrate the dangers of a total surveillant society." -
Anonymous, U.S.

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"It's not just about what type of coffee you buy and how often do you
buy it. .... It's the privacy being passively 'yanked' from an
individual for the 'good' of the general public." - Anonymous, U.S.

-----
"I fear that too many consumers will wake up to the facts of our
vanishing privacy too late. Your information reminds me that I'm not
paranoid or crazy." - Anonymous, Wisconsin

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VOLUNTEER CORNER
=====================================================================

For all of you itching for something to do on privacy issues, here are
three suggestions:

1. TELL GILLETTE you don't like spy chips in your razors and other
products. Our "Boycott Gillette" site describes the company's actions,
and provides a "sound off" page with contact information. Be sure to BCC
us, so that we may quote you in a future newsletter:
http://www.boycottgillette.com/soundoff.html

2. TEXANS are feeling the brunt of Wal-Mart's RFID push, at both
Wal-Mart distribution centers and Sam's Club stores. Keep up the
pressure, both in Texas and around the country, by voicing your
opposition to their ongoing RFID dictates.

Write: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611
Call: 1-800-WAL-MART (Remember, your phone number is visible when you
dial an 800 number.)
For privacy, call: 479-273-4000

3. WORRIED about the TESCO rollout? Voice your displeasure to TESCO
directly. Please send a copy to soundoff@nocards.org in the bcc: line of
your email.

Tel: +44 (0) 800 505555
E-mail: customer.service@tesco.co.uk

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CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering.
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

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may find it of interest.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear CASPIAN Subscribers:

We are launching a boycott campaign against Tesco, the world's
third-largest retailer, for its involvement in item-level RFID tagging
trials. These trials, involving tens of thousands of British shoppers,
set an unacceptable example for the retail industry.

I appeared on BBC's Newsnight program to announce the boycott to
millions of UK consumers last night. (Streaming video of this
announcement will be available online today only; see details below.)
Tesco is taking the boycott seriously and issued a statement to the BBC
acknowledging the trials, while attempting to downplay their
importance.

If you are a Tesco shopper, please join the boycott. Stop by your local
store this week and tell the manager that you intend to shop elsewhere
until they stop putting RFID tags on consumer products. If you cannot
avoid shopping at Tesco, we ask that you purchase only strictly
necessary items there.

Next, please refer friends, family members and colleagues to our
informational website, http://www.BoycottTesco.com, and ask them to join
you. If you have a website or blog, please print a mention of the
boycott and post a link to the new site.

The boycott will remain in effect until Tesco assures us that no
products on their shelves have been RFID tagged. The only way to stop
the escalation of RFID on consumer products is to send a strong economic
message to Tesco that consumers won't stand for it.

In freedom,
Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN

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VIEW THE BBC SEGMENT ONLINE (AVAILABLE UNTIL TONIGHT ONLY)

Tuesday's Newsnight program will be available for replay today until
10:30 PM London time/5:30 PM New York time at the Newsnight website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsa/n5ctrl/tvseq/newsnight/newsnight.ram.

Real Player users can scroll forward to the 30:44 time stamp to view the
Tesco RFID segment.

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OUR PRESS RELEASE

January 26, 2005

CASPIAN ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE TESCO BOYCOTT ON BBC TELEVISION
Consumers react to UK retailer's planned expansion of item-level RFID

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
has launched a worldwide boycott of Tesco in response to the retailer's
escalating use of RFID on consumer products. CASPIAN Founder and
Director Katherine Albrecht made the announcement to millions of viewers
watching BBC Newsnight, the popular UK news program, on Tuesday.

Tesco is the world's third largest retailer, with over 2,300 stores
across Europe and Asia.

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, a controversial
technology that hooks miniature antennas up to tiny computer chips
smaller than a grain of sand to track items at a distance. The
technology raises privacy concerns because RFID tagged items can be
monitored invisibly right through items consumers normally consider
private, like clothing, purses, backpacks and wallets.

During the BBC segment, Albrecht outlined CASPIAN member objections to
Tesco's expansion of its item-level RFID tagging trials, saying they
"would involve potentially hundreds of thousands more shoppers....it
essentially means that more people will be taking home items containing
[RFID] spychips." She concluded, "that's simply unacceptable."

Newsnight correspondent Paul Mason said Tesco was taking the
announcement of the boycott "seriously," and read a prepared statement
from the retailer that was intended to assure consumers that the store
did not have plans to track products after purchase.

Mason concluded that "all the big names in this [RFID] industry will be
watching this battle very intently."

Tuesday's Newsnight program will be available for replay until Wednesday
evening at the Newsnight website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsa/n5ctrl/tvseq/newsnight/newsnight.ram. Real
Player users can scroll forward to the 30:44 time stamp to view the
Tesco RFID segment.

CASPIAN has launched http://www.boycottTesco.com in conjunction with its
boycott announcement. The site details Tesco's RFID involvement,
including its past misconduct with the controversial Gillette RFID
"smart shelf."

Albrecht vows to maintain the boycott until Tesco complies with the
moratorium on item-level RFID tagging of consumer goods as outlined in a
position statement endorsed by CASPIAN and over 40 of the world's
leading privacy and civil liberties organizations. (See Position
Statement on the Use of RFID on Consumer Products at
http://www.spychips.com/jointrfid_position_paper.html)

"We believe Tesco's decision to pursue item-level RFID tagging is
irresponsible," Albrecht added. "We're calling on consumers to boycott
the chain until the practice is stopped. If people must shop at Tesco,
we are asking them to reduce their purchases. After all, as Tesco says,
'every little helps.'"

================================

Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN)
is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes
since 1999. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30
countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing
strategies that invade their privacy and to encourage privacy-conscious
shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

For more information, see:
http://www.spychips.com and http://www.nocards.org
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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CASPIAN, Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, has called for a boycott of Tesco. For my fellow Americans who do not recognize the name, Tesco is the European version of Wal-Mart. Tesco is the largest retailer in many European and Asian countries and is the third largest retailer in the world.

Tesco caused a firestorm of protest in 2003 when they were caught red handed snapping photographs of shoppers, without their knowledge. When shoppers picked up packages of Gillette brand razors, an RFID signal was sent which caused a hidden surveillance camera to snap a picture of the person holding the package. This led directly to a boycott of Gillette products by the same group now boycotting Tesco.

The current ruckus is over Tesco's expanded use of RFID tracking chips on individual items of merchandise in their stores. These chips are not being disabled or removed at the point of purchase. That means that people will have tracking chips embedded in everything that they take home from Tesco. This is cause for serious concern for many people.

Considering the number of people concerned by the chips and the fact that Tesco has been threatened with this boycott for years, one would assume they would choose to avoid the controversy simply by removing the chips during purchase. Tesco claims that they will have no use for the chips once they are taken home. This begs the question of why Tesco doesn't simply remove the chip once the item is purchased. Why is it so important to Tesco that customers leave with these tracking chips enabled?

I tend to be a little wary of boycotts. There often is a lot of rhetoric and hot air and very little logic coming from the groups calling for boycotts. Still, after a little thought, I have decided to endorse this boycott of Tesco. It is simply irresponsible to embed tracking chips on merchandise and then send people home with them. Most people will not know that the tags are there and it is wrong to slip tracking chips into their shopping bags without the customers' informed consent.

Tesco, where is your common sense? Why is it so important to you that your customers leave your store with live tracking devices? You are being boycotted for doing something that is entirely avoidable. REMOVE THE DAMN CHIPS WHEN THE ITEM IS SOLD! Do that and *poof*, the boycott likely would end.
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CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 2/5/05: RFID & CONSUMER PRIVACY HEADLINES
=====================================================================

Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

NEWS:
1- CASPIAN uncovers U.S. government RFID promotion scheme
2- Hacking RFID keys and passes for fun and profit
3- Safeway card record implicates innocent man
4- Abercrombie & Fitch plays with RFID fire
5- Procter & Gamble to buy Gillette
6- P&G wants you to microchip your pet
7- Give Piggly Wiggly, other privacy-poachers "the finger"
8- Hey, Gap! Is that a security camera or a sleazy spy cam?
9- Privacy disconnect between customers, retailers
10- No privacy when driving your car
11- Building surveillance into roads with RF motes
12- Scottish bar offers to chip patrons
13- More kids (and parents?) to be chipped
14- Opposition grows over plan to track California school kids
15- Casino chips coded with gambler ID information
16- CRM gems

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE
1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off
3- Volunteer Corner

=====================================================================
CASPIAN UNCOVERS U.S. GOVERNMENT RFID PROMOTION SCHEME
=====================================================================

Have you wondered why the U.S. Government seems so keen on RFID lately?
CASPIAN may have found the answer in the form of a General Services
Administration (GSA) bulletin issued last month that encourages heads of
federal agencies to "advance the industry." The GSA is a federal agency
that manages purchasing administration for other federal agencies.

In Bulletin "B-7 Radio Frequency Identification," the GSA encourages
government agencies "to consider action that can be taken to advance the
[RFID] industry by demonstrating the long-term intent of the agency to
adopt RFID technological solutions." In addition, the document specifies
that "agencies need to determine how to best implement RFID technology
on current or proposed contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements."

Buying needed equipment is one thing. Finding excuses to purchase and
promote controversial technology at taxpayer expense is another. This is
appalling.

See our press release for further details:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/gsa-document.html

Document here:
http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?P=MTP&contentId=17662&contentType=GSA_BASIC

=====================================================================
HACKING RFID KEYS AND PASSES FOR FUN AND PROFIT
=====================================================================

Researchers have cracked an RFID encryption algorithm that's used in
"high-security" car keys and the Exxon Mobil SpeedPass payment system.
This technology, from Texas Instruments, is at the heart of almost 160
million vehicle keys and SpeedPasses. A full report on the hack has been
posted online. So much for the industry's promises that encryption will
protect the data contained on RFID tags.

Meanwhile, the State Department is proceeding with plans to embed RFID
chips in U.S. passports, and the Department of Homeland Security says it
will begin issuing RFID tags to foreign visitors under the US-VISIT
program. Will these be secure? Not from what we're hearing so far.

Sources:
SecurityFocus, 1/31/05
http://www.securityfocus.com/news/10386

RFID Analysis
http://www.rfidanalysis.org/

Slashdot, 1/30/05
http://slashdot.org/articles/05/01/30/1617240.shtml?tid=172&tid=1

Information Week, 1/25/05
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57703738

=====================================================================
SAFEWAY CARD RECORDS IMPLICATE INNOCENT MAN
=====================================================================

Sometimes you just have to say, "We told you so." It turns out that
Washington firefighter Phil Lyons, accused of setting fire to his own
home, was innocent all along. A firestarter bearing a Safeway wrapper
was found at his home, where a fire had been set. When authorities
combed his Safeway "Club Card" record, they found a firestarter purchase
and promptly arrested him. He was not exonerated until five months later
when another individual confessed to the crime.

Can you be sure your purchase history won't be used against you?

Source: Computer Bytes Man
http://www.computerbytesman.com/privacy/safewaycard.htm

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ABERCROMBIE & FITCH PLAYS WITH RFID FIRE
=====================================================================

Remember the creepy, RFID-tagged clothing labels CASPIAN found a few
months back? Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has owned up to "looking into"
using RFID tags on its merchandise. Of course, the company knows it is
playing with fire, considering the overwhelming consumer opposition to
the use of RFID tags on clothing. A&F executive Neco Can advises other
companies as follows:

"If you [do an RFID pilot], you should talk with people...go
and talk to Caspian so you don't become the target."

The strange part is that we've not heard a word from Abercrombie &
Fitch. Does that round A&F logo look like a bullseye to you?

Silicon.com, 1/25/05
http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/protectingid/0,3800002220,39127337,00.htm

Our photos:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/checkpoint-photos.html
Controversy: http://www.spychips.com/frontline-letter.html

=====================================================================
PROCTER & GAMBLE TO BUY GILLETTE
=====================================================================

Tired of loathing Procter & Gamble and Gillette separately? Soon you can
loathe them together, since they're about to become the world's largest
consumer product company.

Business analysts say that P&G's purchase of Gillette will give P&G
"more leverage" against other mega-corporations like Wal-Mart. But the
real loser may be consumers. These companies have been working in tandem
to fuel RFID adoption for years. This deal doesn't bode well for us.

On a lighter note, the news of the proposed merger caused one CASPIAN
staffer to quip: P&G + (Gi)llette = Piglette. *laugh* Maybe "the mother
of all hogs" would be more accurate.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1/29/05
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Business/Headlines/03BusinessBIZ01012905.htm

=====================================================================
P&G WANTS YOU TO MICROCHIP YOUR PET
=====================================================================

With its tentacles reaching into so many areas of our lives, an enormous
company like Procter & Gamble can push an agenda on several fronts at
once. That's clearly the case with RFID.

Iams and Eukanuba -- pricey, upscale brands of pet food -- are among the
hundreds of brands P&G owns. According to Pet Age and Space Daily, Iams
is donating 30,000 microchip scanners worth a whopping $5 million to
animal shelters and veterinarians across the US to encourage Americans
to chip their pets.

Space Daily says:

"The chipping of pets and other animals...is most popular in Europe,
where upwards of 25 percent of pet owners in some countries are said to
have had veterinarians outfit their beloved beasts with the electronic
tracking device....In the United States, however, only about 5 percent
of pet owners have opted for the wireless technology. 'That's not
acceptable,' [said one pet health care executive]." .... The hope is to
induce the marketplace to create better RFID technology, to encourage
competition in the marketplace and help develop a single scanner that
can read all types of RFID chips."

P&G probably figures that injecting an RFID chip into the family pet
will make people less likely to object when the company tries to slip
RFID tags into their toothpaste.

Of course, that $5 million cash infusion will be a big boost for the
RFID industry, courtesy of Iams customers. (Another reminder to spend
your money wisely, folks.) And on a final odd note, though we combed the
Iams website for a reference to their pro-RFID generosity, we couldn't
find a single mention there.

Sources: Pet Age, 11/04
http://www.petage.com/petage/NewsIamsMicrochipSolution.asp

Space Daily, 1/05
http://www.spacedaily.com/news/gps-05m.html

=====================================================================
GIVE PIGGLY WIGGLY, OTHER PRIVACY-POACHERS "THE FINGER"
=====================================================================

"Customers love to give the finger to Piggly Wiggly," claims an article
fawning over the southern grocery chain's expansion of its Pay By Touch
system. The system links shoppers' fingerprints to their financial
accounts, so they can pay for groceries with a finger scan. Because no
one protested the practice when it first came out, it's expanding to
even more Piggly Wiggly stores.

Meanwhile, Fred Meyer stores -- a division of Kroger -- has announced a
new "rewards" card that offers a rebate on purchases. Since the rebate
is mailed to you, Fred Meyer will not only get your purchase history,
but your valid mailing address, too. Like everything else, rebates have
to be paid for, so you can bet prices will be going up at Fred Meyer to
compensate.

Macy's Department Store is getting in on the act, too, with a new
"customer loyalty program" called Star Rewards. As the news report put
it, "All active customers in all five Macy's divisions are being
enrolled automatically in the new program." Gee, thanks, guys.

Finally, a company called ViVOtech has come out with a card that
"combines RFID technology with retail customer loyalty and pre-paid/gift
programmes," so customers can "use a single card for both payments and
loyalty scheme memberships." It's just about everything we hate rolled
into one card.

Maybe consumers should take take a cue from Piggly Wiggly and give all
these privacy-invading companies the finger. The old-fashioned way, that
is.

Sources:
Colloquy, 1/17/05
http://www.colloquy.com/cont_breaking_news.asp?id=48101&key=%23s4J6DpwqXV3

Crypto-Gram Newsletter, 8/15/98
http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-9808.html#biometrics

PRNewswire, 1/29/05
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/01-29-2005/0002921104

DMNews, 1/21/05
http://www.dmnews.com/cgi-bin/artprevbot.cgi?article_id=31588

UsingRFID, 1/28/05
http://www.usingrfid.com/news/read.asp?lc=s85516tx348zr
(Log in using http://www.bugmenot.com/ if necessary)

=====================================================================
HEY GAP! IS THAT A SECURITY CAMERA OR A SLEAZY SPY CAM?
=====================================================================

You've seen a million of 'em -- store cameras peering down on you from
every angle. But did you know those cameras may be gathering more than
just security information? Increasingly, they are being used for "video
mining" -- videotaping individuals and recording their every move as
they walk through stores. It's not about preventing theft; it's it's
about studying your behavior for marketing purposes.

Among the stores that engage in this practice are: Gap Stores, Banana
Republic, Limited stores, Victoria's Secret, Payless Shoes, and American
Eagle Outfitters. The article, originally printed in the Wall Street
Journal, has a nice quote from Katherine, who explains how amazed
consumers are to learn that such "corporate stalking" is not illegal.

The State, 12/23/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/business/10481072.htm

=====================================================================
PRIVACY DISCONNECT BETWEEN CUSTOMERS, RETAILERS
=====================================================================

All this spying can't be good for retailers' relationships with
consumers. But is it possible they really don't know know how much we
hate it? A recent study on "customer service priorities," announced by
the National Retail Federation, indicates that may be the case.

Researchers asked consumers what they want from a store. Then they asked
retailers what they *think* consumers want. And guess what? The
retailers got it wrong.

Apparently, retailers overestimate the importance of "employee
education" and personal interaction with customers, but underestimate
the value of accurate pricing, adequate staffing, and -- you guessed it
-- keeping customer information private. On that last item, 73% of
consumers rated consumer privacy as "extremely important." However, only
59% of the 241 retailers surveyed said consumers would think it was such
a high priority.

Apparently, we consumers need to a better job of making our priorities
clear.

Source: National Retail Federation, 1/18/05
http://www.nrf.com/content/default.asp?folder=press/release2005&file=custserv0105.htm&bhcp=1

=====================================================================
NO PRIVACY WHEN DRIVING YOUR CAR
=====================================================================

When police hid a GPS device on Robert Moran's car and used it to track
his whereabouts, he argued they had violated his Fourth Amendment
rights. However, a judge ruled that Moran "had no expectation of privacy
in the whereabouts of his vehicle on a public roadway, thus there was no
search or seizure and no Fourth Amendment implications in the use of the
GPS device." That's right, folks, if you're in the U.S., police can
apparently now tag and track your car without a court order.

The CRM market research crowd must be jumping for joy at this news.
Their argument that "you have no expectation of privacy" in stores and
restaurants is their justification for spying on you there already. How
long before the "ultimate customer intelligence" package, complete with
GPS travel surveillance, enables businesses to know "even more" about
their customers?

Source: Boston Globe, 1/17/05
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2005/01/17/gps_spying_may_prove_irresistible_to_police/

======================================================================
BUILDING SURVEILLANCE INTO ROADS WITH RF MOTES
======================================================================

Speaking of car tracking, have you heard of "motes"? They're wireless
sensor devices slated to be integrated into roads, bridges, ships, and
more if the U.S. government has its way. SAIC, a U.S. government
contractor, is working on outfitting the U.S. border with a network of
sensors that it claims will be able to detect "illegal crossings of
people or vehicles."

Of course, sensors that can detect border crossings will be able to
detect cars and people in other places, too, like parking lots, store
entrances, and more. Oppressive governments could use such ubiquitous
sensor technology to punish critics, activists, or political opponents.
And, of course, marketers and data miners would have a field day with
anything that makes it easier to spy on customers.

Source: Information Week, 1/24/05
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57702816

=====================================================================
SCOTTISH BAR OFFERS TO CHIP PATRONS
=====================================================================

A Glasgow bar is the latest night spot to offer implanted microchips as
a "cutting edge" alternative to cash and credit cards. The bar owner
says the chip lets him "reward loyal customers" (where have we heard
that before?), though he fails to explain how using a massive hypodermic
needle to inject a glass RFID capsule into a patron's arm constitutes a
"reward."

Here's hoping the Scottish descendants of such freedom-minded
individuals as William Wallace (the protagonist of the "Braveheart"
movie) will see this Orwellian technology for what it is.

Sources:
The Guardian, 1/16/05
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1391545,00.html

William Wallace educational site:
http://www.highlanderweb.co.uk/wallace/

=====================================================================
MORE KIDS (AND PARENTS?) TO BE CHIPPED
=====================================================================

The BBC reports that "Parents who refuse to allow former partners
contact with their children could be electronically tagged under plans
being considered by ministers." That's a pretty severe measure to take
against parents whose only crime is arguing with each other over custody
rulings. We doubt this tagging will actually happen, but the fact that
it's even being discussed is disturbing.

Meanwhile, U.S. taxpayers are paying for a program to use RFID cards to
track kids in Chilton County, Alabama. It's part of a "model school"
trial being run by the Department of Homeland Security.

Think it's awful? Email your opinion to the school superintendent:
Superintendent Mildred Ellison: mellison@chilton.k12.al.us

Sources:
BBC, 1/18/05
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4182871.stm

Clanton AL Advertiser, 1/27/05
http://www.clantonadvertiser.com/articles/2005/01/27/news/b-news.txt

=====================================================================
OPPOSITION GROWS OVER PLAN TO TAG CALIFORNIA SCHOOL KIDS
=====================================================================

If you are in the Sacramento/Sutter area or San Antonio, Texas, we need
your help to combat mandatory child-tagging in schools.

The Brittan school in Sutter, California is running a trial that
requires school children to wear RFID tags around their necks. Linked to
readers in classrooms and throughout the school, the system is designed
to pinpoint students' locations, allowing the school to monitor kids at
all times.

As you can imagine, parents are outraged, and some have begun to fight
back. In response to growing criticism, School Superintendent/Principal
Earnie Graham blustered:

"It's not an option," Graham said. "(The badge) is just like a
textbook, you have to have it. I'm charged with running the school
district and I get to make those kinds of rules."

(Doesn't he strike you as exactly the kind of guy who *would* put an
RFID tag on kids?)

Evan Hendricks of Privacy Times has written a report on this outrageous
scheme in his latest newsletter. He's offered it for free to CASPIAN
members (it's normally available to subscribers only) here:

http://www.spychips.com/documents/Privacy_Times_Vol_25_No_3.pdf

Please contact Evan Hendricks (evan@privacytimes.com) if you'd like to
get involved.

Sources:

Marysville CA Appeal-Democrat, 1/28/05 (Subscription required)
http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2005/01/28/news/local_news/news2.txt
Principal Earnie Graham's email address: EarnieG@brittan.k12.ca.us

=====================================================================
CASINO CHIPS CODED WITH GAMBLER ID INFORMATION
=====================================================================

We've heard about casinos using RFID-chipped betting chips. But how
about ones that are coded with the gambler's identification
information?

Source: Yahoo News, 1/27/05
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1471&ncid=1471&e=1&u=/ibd/20050128/bs_ibd_ibd/2005127tech

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CRM GEMS
=====================================================================

The Consumer Relationship Management (CRM) people keep handing us such
outrageous stuff that we just have to share it with you. The latest
issue of CRM eWeekly prods companies to switch from keypad menus ("press
two for sales") to voice menus ("please say 'sales' at the tone").
Personally, we think making people talk to machines would be an
unnecessary and expensive "upgrade." But the ironic part of this story
is that the html newsletter itself contained a web bug! As Katherine
said, "So wow, they're even spying on each other. I guess there's no
honor among thieves. Er, I mean 'CRM professionals.'"

Sunni did some digging around the CRMGuru web site and found that the
latest thing in CRM is something called "CEM" -- Customer Experience
Management. Yes, your "sensate experiences" must be enriched by these
self-appointed gurus, so you can become a "brand advocate." Sunni offers
some pointed advice to manufacturers and retailers by way of response,
in a lengthy blog entry that has several links and some juicy new quotes
from the CRMGuru site.

Sources:
Web Bug FAQ at EFF
http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Marketing/web_bug.html

Sunni's blog entry:
http://www.sunnimaravillosa.com/archives/00000166.html

=====================================================================
CASPIAN STAFF AND MEMBER NEWS
=====================================================================

CASPIAN member Steve Sutton sends us notice of a different strategy for
dealing with the companies that are trying to chip and track everything
and everyone. To read about it, see his essay at Village Hampden:

http://www.villagehampden.co.uk/buy_them_and_close_them_down.htm

=====================================================================
CASPIAN IN THE NEWS
=====================================================================

Katherine has been busy with interviews in England, Scotland, Hungary,
Belgium, Jamaica, and the Netherlands, in addition to the usual round of
radio and television appearances. CASPIAN's Tesco boycott has also
gotten a lot of press in the UK, some of which we've posted on the
BoycottTesco web site:

http://www.spychips.com/boycotttesco/press.html

=====================================================================
CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

Tesco is taking heat for its RFID involvement.
(See http://www.boycottTesco.com)
Here are some notes from the front lines:

-----

"I am disgusted by the use of RFID technology in end-user products. ....
An hour ago I thought it was just Gillette we had to worry about for the
moment. I have since discovered that I must now boycott Tesco's as well!
- Anonymous, England

-----

"Best wishes in your campaigns from a loyalty card hater (cheap way for
supermarkets to get data), RFID detester!, Tesco disliker etc" -
Anonymous

-----

"Keep it up. Tesco is becoming a monopoly and is being allowed to get
away with it." - Anonymous

-----

"We have shopped in your stores for years BUT from this date I will
never buy anything from one of your stores until TESCO states that all
this RFID will be stopped." - Anonymous

=====================================================================
VOLUNTEER CORNER
=====================================================================

Ready to roll up your sleeves and pitch in?
Here are some suggestions:

1. SEND A MESSAGE TO ABERCROMBIE & FITCH: No RFID tags in clothes!
http://www.abercrombie.com/anf/lifestyles/html/contactus.html

2. KEEP UP THE PRESSURE ON GILLETTE (AND NOW, P&G):
http://www.boycottgillette.com/soundoff.html

3. JOIN THE TESCO PROTEST AND BOYCOTT
http://www.boycottTesco.com

4. WRITE LETTERS TO THE SCHOOLS TAGGING CHILDREN:
Sutter, California school:
Principal Earnie Graham -- EarnieG@brittan.k12.ca.us

Chilton, Alabama county schools:
Superintendent Mildred Ellison -- mellison@chilton.k12.al.us

You may also wish to send a letter to your local school board,
superintendent, and principal, letting them know that you will oppose
any plan to tag and track your child.

5. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH P&G PRODUCTS. THEN STOP BUYING THEM.
http://www.pg.com/links/rosetta.html

=====================================================================

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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SOME RFID CHIPS VULNERABLE TO HACKING
Tiny radio-transmitter chips that make possible high-security car
keys and swipe-by petrol passes can be cracked using cheap
technology.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=7036
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Abra Cadavera - A New Use For RFIDs

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Not content just to install RFIDs into your car or insert RFIDs in your passport, the newest item that is the target of the RFID craze is human cadavers.

Troubled by a rash of "now you see it, now you don't" tricks with human body parts, and, indeed, entire cadavers, both for which there is a large black market (hey, we've all read "Coma," right?... or, for that matter, browsed eBay), and following both lawsuits and scandals involving misplaced, miscremated, and misappropriated bodies and parts...

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Parents and Civil Liberties Groups Urge School District to Terminate Use of Tracking Devices



i-Newswire, 2005-02-08 - NOTE: This is a press release from the ACLU of Northern California that EFF is recirculating for your information.

San Francisco - Parents in a northern California public school district and civil liberties groups are urging a school district to terminate the mandatory use of Radio Frequency Identification tags ( RFIDs ) by students. Several civil liberties groups, including the ACLU of Northern California ( ACLU-NC ), Electronic Frontier Foundation ( EFF ), and the Electronic Privacy Information Center ( EPIC ) sent a letter today expressing alarm at the Brittan School District's use of mandatory ID badges that include a RFID device that tracks the students' movements. The device transmits private information to a computer on campus whenever a student passes under one of the scanners. The ID badges also include the student's name, photo, grade, school name, class year and the four-digit school ID number. Students are required to prominently display the badges by wearing them around the neck at all times.
http://i-newswire.com/pr5741.htmli-newswire.com/pr5741.html
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weblog: Parents protest school RFID plan, 02/11/05

Parents in a Northern California town are up in arms over the
school district's mandate that their children wear RFID-equipped
ID badges on school grounds. All students wear employee-like
badges...
http://www.nwfusion.com/weblogs/layer8/007680.html?nl
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900); Irish author.

- Viruses and famous people: an effective formula for spreading malware -
Oxygen3 24h-365d, by Panda Software (http://www.pandasoftware.com)

Madrid, February 15 2005 - Phrases like "Osama Bin Ladin was found hanged"
or suggestive file names like "JENNIFERLOPEZ_NAKED.JPG.vbs" are real
examples of attempts to use social engineering techniques to spread computer
viruses, which we will be looking at in today's Oxygen3 24h-365d.

This strategy is mainly used to spread malicious code that reach computers
in a file attached to email messages. It basically involves writing
something in the message to make the attachment sound attractive to users,
such as saying it contains an application, photographs, etc. If this text
manages to trick the user into running the file, the worm will be installed
on the computer and carry out its malicious actions.

In most cases, users with even minimal experience of using the Internet and
email know that these kinds of messages usually harbor viruses and will
immediately delete them. However, evidence shows that the successful
propagation of malicious code that uses social engineering has a lot to do
with the topic used in the message. One of the most effective lures is the
mention of famous people.

The figure chosen mainly depends on what is in the news at the time, as this
could increase its impact. For example, after the death of Yasser Arafat an
email message was spread widely with the subject 'Latest News about
Arafat!!!'. The message contained two attachments, one was a genuine file
showing an image of the funeral of the politician. The other file, however,
contained code designed to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
Through this flaw, a worm called Aler.A was automatically installed on the
computer. An older example of this ploy is the Clinton-Lewinksy affair,
which became, shortly after it hit the headlines, a target of virus authors
with malicious code such as Lewinsky or Class.

One of the fastest spreading viruses was SST, popularly known as Kournikova.
The emails carrying this worm claimed to contain erotic photographs of this
popular tennis player. Other well-known names, like Jennifer López, Shakira
or Britney Spears, have also been used by computers viruses like
Loveletter.CN, MyLife.M or Chick.

Mass-mailing worms are not the only malicious code that resort to social
engineering techniques, other creations also use this strategy to spread
across P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing networks like KaZaA. To do this, they
usually create a large number of copies of themselves in the directories
that store the files shared through these kinds of applications. The names
of these files suggest that they contain music videos or pornographic images
of some famous person.

Finally, another way the names of famous people are exploited is through
newsgroups, for example, with a group of messages announcing news like the
capture of Bin Laden. These messages usually include links to download files
with information about these events which, of course, actually contain some
kind of virus. In this case, the messages are not generated by the worm, but
by the malicious user. The danger of this tactic lies in that it can be used
to spread all kinds of malware, from worms to highly destructive viruses,
through spyware, dialers, etc.

It is always advisable to take precautions with these kinds of messages,
regardless of where they are sent from or their content, as they most
probably contain a computer virus. If you don't want to run the risk of
being duped by one of these, it is a good idea to install effective
antivirus software, which is updated every day to protect against the latest
threats to appear.

For further information about these and other computer threats, visit Panda
Software's Encyclopedia at:
http://www.pandasoftware.com/virus_info/encyclopedia

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This would prevent you from using the link to access the web page. If this
happens, just use the 'cut' and 'paste' options to join the pieces of the
URL.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

NEWS:

1- Another win: No spychips for California school kids!
2- Massive Data Breach at ChoicePoint
3- Casual Male improves customer service without RFID
4- Businesses implementing RFID could face legal battles
5- Share your fingerprint with the retail world
6- Spychips hidden in British university IDs
7- Berkeley: Haven for Birkenstocks, books, and ... RFID?
8- Automatic identification rogue's gallery
9- K-Mart's demise hurts retail diversity
10- World Cup in Germany to feature privacy invasions
11- Tesco talks up "belief" in RFID

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE

1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off
3- Tools you can use

=====================================================================
ANOTHER WIN: NO SPYCHIPS FOR CALIFORNIA SCHOOL KIDS!
=====================================================================

Hooray! Your calls and letters added to the heat in Sutter, California,
where the Brittan Elementary school principal and superintendent had
mandated that students be tracked with RFID tags worn around their
necks. Now those kids are spychip-free, thanks to the efforts of
freedom-loving citizens, committed civil libertarians, and brave kids
and parents who just said, "No!"

For the last two weeks, national attention has focused on a small town,
Big-Brother school, and its ill-conceived plan to track kids through
spychipped security badges. Bad publicity, parent protests, the
involvement of civil liberties organizations, threatened lawsuits, and a
torrent of negative phone calls and email finally caused InCom, the
company behind the technology, to call the whole thing off.

Thanks for your help in killing this awful program!

Resources:

Read the letter sent to the board of trustees by ACLU, EPIC, and EFF:
http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/RFID/schools/ACLU_EFF_EPIC_letter.pdf

Over 80 stories listed in Google news today:
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=sutter+rfid&btnG=Search+News

=====================================================================
MASSIVE DATA BREACH AT CHOICEPOINT
=====================================================================

Breaking news from the Washington Post:

"One of the nation's biggest information services has begun warning more
than 100,000 people across the country they may be targets of fraud,
following disclosures the company inadvertently sold personal and
financial records to fraud artists apparently involved in a massive
identity theft scheme.

ChoicePoint Inc. electronically delivered thousands of reports
containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, financial
information and other details to people in the Los Angeles area posing
as officials in legitimate debt collection, insurance and check-cashing
businesses.

At least 700 victims have had their mailing addresses changed,
apparently by people connected to the scheme, authorities said. Identity
thieves often change the addresses of victims in order to gain control
of credit card offers and other mail. No one knows the extent of the
fraud or the financial impact, authorities said...

Critics said retailers, credit issuers, information services and other
companies have not done enough to protect the extraordinary caches of
personal data collected over the past decade...."

The Washington Post, 2/17/05
Reprinted at BizReport
http://www.bizreport.com/news/8688/

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CASUAL MALE IMPROVES CUSTOMER SERVICE WITHOUT RFID
=====================================================================

Thumbs up to Casual Male for overhauling its supply chain and improving
customer service the right way. The clothing retailer recently updated
its inventory management system and now guarantees delivery of an item
within five days if it isn't available in the store -- or the item is
free.

The best part of the story is that Casual Male accomplished its supply
chain overhaul without applying a single RFID tag to its clothing or
shipping containers. We hope their success encourages other retailers to
implement similar solutions to their inventory issues.

Source: RFID Insights, 2/7/05
http://www.rfidinsights.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=59301319

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BUSINESSES IMPLEMENTING RFID COULD FACE LEGAL BATTLES
=====================================================================

Businesses adopting RFID have more to worry about than consumer
backlash, say legal experts. They could find themselves engaged in
expensive court battles if they violate laws governing individual
privacy rights.

At present, it is unclear exactly where RFID chips and readers fall
under existing national, state and jurisdictional laws. For example, is
RFID a type of "electronic communication" covered by the U.S. federal
Wiretap Act? This is just one of the many complex legal questions that
may soon plague the industry as companies inch the technology closer and
closer to consumers.

Until these issues are resolved, lawyers caution adopters to tread
carefully. As Toronto attorney Javad Heydary points out in a recent
column, "Any organization contemplating the use of RFID should start by
ensuring that it is aware of its privacy obligations under different
laws before it starts accumulating data that can come back to haunt it
later."

Sources:
RFID Journal, 2/14/05
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1401/1/128

E Commerce Times, 2/3/05
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/40203.html

=====================================================================
SHARE YOUR FINGERPRINT WITH THE RETAIL WORLD
=====================================================================

Lowes Foods, a regional grocery chain, has announced that it's
test-marketing a biometric payment system in its North Carolina stores.
The company's news release states, "There is no cost for customers to
enroll or use the program," as if giving an ID, fingerprint scans,
checking account information, and "loyalty card and age information"
isn't a cost to individuals who value privacy. The report also casually
drops in a mention that once a person is enrolled, his or her data are
shared with all retailers in the BioPay system.

Source: Progressive Grocer, 2/8/05
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/progressivegrocer/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000790393

Voice your concerns to Lowes:
lfscustomercare@lowesfoods.com
Phone 336-659-0180; or 800-311-2117 (note that calling 800 numbers
reveals your identity to the company)
Fax 336-768-4702

=====================================================================
SPYCHIPS HIDDEN IN BRITISH UNIVERSITY ID'S
=====================================================================

Oops! Someone forgot to tell students at the UK's University of Warwick
about the RFID spychips in their university ID cards. The cards, which
also serve as library cards, are reportedly beaming out identity
information about students without their knowledge or consent as they
pass reader devices at the library and other campus locations.

Because it's shockingly easy to hide an RFID tag in a plastic card,
people need to remain vigilant even in countries like Great Britain
where there are strict privacy laws. The EU's 2002 "E-Privacy Directive"
outlaws the processing of "location data" (RFID data included) without
"the consent of the individual." We'd love to see the lawsuits that
arise out of this one!

Source:
Warwick Boar, 1/25/05
http://www.warwickboar.co.uk/boar/news/library_id_cards/

=====================================================================
BERKELEY: HAVEN FOR BIRKENSTOCKS, BOOKS, AND . . . RFID?
=====================================================================

In California, the Berkeley Public Library system plans to lay off more
than a dozen workers, while dropping a cool $650,000 to place RFID chips
in over half a million books. Berkeley residents and library employees
have a hard time understanding how RFID will "increase patron privacy,"
since the company doing the chipping is none other than the notorious
Checkpoint Systems, the company recently caught hiding RFID tags in
Calvin Klein and other clothing labels, then trying to cover it up after
the fact.

In response to growing concerns about the use of RFID, The American
Library Association (ALA) has published a resolution on RFID chip usage
and patron privacy. While we're glad the ALA plans to monitor "the
potential misuse of RFID technology to collect information on library
users' reading habits and other activities without their consent or
knowledge," we have a better idea: libraries should steer clear of this
dangerous technology in the first place.

Sources:

Berkeley Daily Planet, 2/15/05
http://www.berkeleydaily.org/text/article.cfm?issue=02-15-05&storyID=20728

Alameda Times-Star, 2/8/05
http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_2558852

ALA web site
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=ifresolutions&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=85331

=====================================================================
AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION ROGUE'S GALLERY
=====================================================================

ID World, an annual gathering of "the ID revolution community," boasts a
page on its website featuring "visionaries and pioneers in the field of
automatic identification." We thought you'd like to see who's behind
much of the technology that is so profoundly changing our world.

Source: ID World
http://www.idworldonline.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=128

=====================================================================
K-MART'S DEMISE HURTS RETAIL DIVERSITY
=====================================================================

We are sorry to see privacy-friendly K-Mart go. Sears has announced its
plans for K-Mart stores after their merger: they'll be re-branded "Sears
Essentials," and will feature some of Sears' more popular lines while
keeping the K-Mart focus on daily necessities. Unlike K-Mart, Sears
won't let you get past the checkout these days without pestering you to
give your phone number or register your purchases in a club. We wish the
outcome of this merger were more K-Mart and less Sears.

Recent mega-corporate mergers, including the P&G/Gillette and
Verizon/MCI deals, spell bad news for consumers who value privacy. As
retail diversity dwindles, leaving us all with fewer and fewer shopping
options, it becomes even more important to speak out about what matters
to you. If you want to keep your local no-cards, no-chips stores and
products, you need to reward them -- both in words and with your
shopping dollars.

Source: Seattle Times, 2/9/05
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2002174710_sears09.html

=====================================================================
WORLD CUP IN GERMANY TO FEATURE PRIVACY INVASIONS
=====================================================================

>From our German friends FoeBuD comes word of disturbing plans by German
authorities to turn the 2006 World Cup into a mega-surveillance
snoopfest. Application forms for tickets to the football (Americans,
read "soccer") world championship require fans to give up an amazing
amount of sensitive information, including passport number, nationality,
financial information, and birth date. Information is also required for
all others receiving tickets, even if they're not the purchasers.
"Sifting out notorious trouble makers" is the excuse for this
astonishing information grab.

Those fans "lucky" enough to get tickets will be in for another privacy
shocker: They will have "personalized" RFID-chipped tickets that enable
authorities and others to track their movements during the event.

The use of RFID chips to monitor sporting events isn't limited to
Germany. The SuperFest held in Florida in conjunction with this year's
Super Bowl relied on RFID-chipped wrist bands for age verification and
cashless payment.

Sources:
FoeBuD/StopRFID
http://stoprfid.foebud.org/en/news/news22.html

The Register, 2/8/05
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/08/world_cup_2006_big_brother_charges/

Jacksonville Business Journal, 1/26/05
http://jacksonville.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/stories/2005/01/24/daily26.html?jst=b_ln_hl

=====================================================================
TESCO TALKS UP "BELIEF" IN RFID
=====================================================================

What does a company do when faced with a consumer backlash over an
unpopular technology that gives marginal results? Apparently, if they've
invested millions and staked their careers on it, they talk it up so
they're not left holding the bag.

With news of the Tesco boycott hitting the first page of the company's
Google results, Tesco exec Colin Cobain has apparently decided it's time
to call on his industry cronies to "believe" in RFID. In a recent
interview, he said the toughest part of pushing RFID is "getting people
to believe. Because until they believe this is going to be the future,
they are not going to do the right thing."

Deploying dangerous technology that puts your customers at risk is not
the right to do, Mr. Cobain. Shame on you.

Sources:
North Jersey.com, 2/8/05
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyOSZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NjY0ODY1NyZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTI=

Tech World, 2/7/05
http://www.techworld.com/mobility/features/index.cfm?featureid=1178

=====================================================================
CASPIAN ACTIVITIES
=====================================================================

Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN founder, was a featured keynote speaker at
the 6th annual Security & Privacy Conference in Victoria, BC, Canada
last week. Katherine's address, delivered to a crowd of over 800 privacy
and security professionals, has brought many new members and newsletter
subscribers to CASPIAN. A warm welcome to all!

http://www.rebootcanada.com/privacy2005/

=====================================================================
CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

"I was on your website a few minutes ago, and had just joined your group
of protestors when I received an email [with an invitation to
participate in a printer survey that would automatically download
printer usage data through the Internet] Now Canon can collect data from
my printer? I love my Canon products, but the company needs to stay out
of my computer." - Barbara, Florida

-----

"Katherine Albrecht's presentation in Victoria BC on RFID chips and
their threat to our privacy was a chilling eye-opener for me. I have
already begun to spread the word within my own sphere of influence. I
believe our only hope is that many others will do the same. Hearty kudos
to CASPIAN for leading this fight." - Tony, Victoria, BC, Canada

-----

"I never, unless forced by emergency, shop at a 'club-card' store. Who
do they think they are fooling? We consumers are not stupid, you know!"
- Anonymous

-----

"Glad to see a site like this out there. The American public needs to be
more aware of what's going on." - Anonymous, Maine

-----

"I only shop at Publix, where no card is required, therefore there is no
discriminatory pricing. .... I am extremely concerned that data on my
purchases is tracked anyway, however, through my debit card. Visa is now
my Big Brother?" - Anonymous, Florida

-----

"I am disgusted at Tesco's breach of my personal privacy rights. As a
protest against Tesco's actions and apparent total disregard for the
personal privacy rights of its customers, I will be cancelling my Tesco
Clubcard Plus account and will no longer shop at Tesco." - Anonymous

=====================================================================
TOOLS YOU CAN USE
=====================================================================

Need evidence that data collection is out of control? Next time someone
says, "Oh, come on, nobody cares that much about your life," pull out a
copy of the new book by Washington Post journalist Robert O'Harrow,
titled "No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance
Society."

This groundbreaking book provides incontrovertible evidence that
corporations really ARE spying on you, with a degree of intensity that
will leave you speechless --- and mad. Even we learned a thing or two.

How to get the book?

Support your local, independent bookseller, and preserve your privacy,
too, by buying the book with cash at a bookstore near your home. Click
here to find a store near you:
http://www.booksense.com/product/info.jsp?isbn=0743254805

Or, you can buy the book online, in PDF format:
http://usa1.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_display.asp?IID=219163

O'Harrow's book was featured in a recent Peter Jennings television
special:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Primetime/story?id=429308&page=1

as well as a Fresh Air interview on NPR:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4482727

-----

Robert Smith's Privacy Journal web site is an excellent resource for a
wide variety of privacy information. It's easy to read and offers
realistic and practical advice. From the site you can also subscribe to
Privacy Journal and order Smith's books. Drop by and benefit from
Smith's expertise.

http://www.privacyjournal.net/

-----

Bruce Schneier's web site is a good place to go for security-related
information. His books and essays are available, and his "Schneier on
Security" web log is regularly updated with news, ideas, and other sound
information, and you can subscribe to his Crypto-Gram email newsletter.
An impressive resource.

http://www.schneier.com/

-----

NOTE: CASPIAN makes no money from the sale of any of these materials,
and is not paid to mention them.

=====================================================================

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999.

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RFID is Inevitable But Dicey
[February 18, 2005] Burton Group says security and privacy concerns remain despite RFID
momentum.
Read the article:
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SECURITY ADVISER: BOB FRANCIS http://www.infoworld.com
========================================================================
Thursday, February 24, 2005

NOT-SO-SECURE KEYS

By Bob Francis

Posted February 18, 2005 3:00 PM Pacific Time

A couple of weeks ago, I used an analogy about my grandfather's wrecking
yard to describe the search for better security, making the point that
automobiles used to start with a mere foot pedal before the development
of effective theft protection in the form of a car key.

Through a confluence of cosmic events, these two topics -- cars and
security -- have once again come together.

A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University and RSA
Laboratories found that a widely used RFID chip created by Texas
Instruments (TI) and installed in a variety of car keys may be cheap and
easy to hack. (You can read the report at rfid-analysis.org.) http://rfid-analysis.org/

The car key chips are included on recent models of cars made by Nissan,
Toyota, and Ford. The RFID chip is also used in the ExxonMobil
Speedpass, a key tag that wirelessly completes transactions at gas
pumps. According to TI, almost 150 million chips are in use in the
United States.

The report states it's easy to hack the chip in a car key. Thieves only
need some relatively cheap equipment that can wirelessly interact with
and then make a clone of the device. The clone would let them disable a
car's alarm system.

They couldn't just drive away in a new Lexus, however. Getting into the
car is still a problem. Apparently, after disabling the alarm, the
thieves would have to resort to a good old-fashioned crowbar to crack a
window. That's a lot of trouble to go through just to steal the latest
Kanye West CD.

When they examined the Speedpass system, the researchers were able to
unravel the mathematical process used in verification. They then
purchased a commercial microchip (costing less than $200) and programmed
it to find the secret key for a gasoline purchase tag owned by one of
the researchers. By linking together 16 such chips, the group cracked
the secret key in about 15 minutes.

That, too, is a lot of trouble, despite the price of gas. Thankfully, in
the Speedpass system the owner's credit card information isn't carried
on the chip and isn't revealed by breaking the pass' security.

The researchers have some advice if you're worried about the security of
your Speedpass or your keys: Put aluminum foil around the device when
it's not in use. Apparently aluminum foil is just enough of a barrier to
block unauthorized data transfers. And you thought those guys wearing
foil hats were nuts? Nope, they're just protecting their RFID chips. If
only the rest of computer security were that easy.

Bob Francis is a senior writer at InfoWorld.
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NO ENCRYPTION FOR E-PASSPORTS
Despite cries from security watchdogs, the United States plans to
roll out RFID-enabled passports without encrypting the personal data,
downplaying theft threats.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=7231

EU OFFERS PRIVACY GUIDELINES FOR RFID
Commission offers assessment of privacy and data protection issues
related to RFID.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=7214
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Speed the Wireless Payment
[February 25, 2005] RFID-enabled 'proximity' payments could go wide in 2005, but it's up
to merchants to make the move.
Read the article:
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,1f9a,1,1mv7,f7h,9s3s,a9gz
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CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 3/5/05
=====================================================================

Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

NEWS:

1- CASPIAN waiting to respond to Marks & Spencer plan
2- Tesco and Unilever fail UK ethics test
3- ChoicePoint still in the hot seat
4- Bank of America loses one million charge card records
5- Winn-Dixie files bankruptcy papers
6- Big grocers "under stress"
7- Store manager loses job for fingerprint refusal
8- Playing with fire: Toys with RFID
9- EU explores consumer privacy protection and RFID
10- U.S. government plays ostrich on spychipped passports
11- Warranty cards: Selling us out at a nickel a name
12- Wireless grocery cart offers anonymous shopper option

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE

1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off
3- Tools you can use

=====================================================================
CASPIAN WAITING TO RESPOND TO MARKS & SPENCER PLAN
=====================================================================

British retailer Marks & Spencer recently announced plans to expand its
item-level tagging trial to include clothing items at 53 stores across
Great Britain. Such item-level tagging violates our call for a
moratorium as spelled out in the position paper endorsed by CASPIAN and
over 40 of the world's leading privacy and civil liberties organizations
in November 2003. A similar violation prompted us to recently issue a
boycott call against Tesco. See: http://www.BoycottTesco.com.

If implemented as planned, Marks & Spencer's trial would be the largest
retail-driven item-level tagging project anywhere on the globe.

Marks & Spencer has contacted us about the trial, assuring us that it
has made every effort to accommodate privacy concerns. The company has
told us they will issue a document in the near future clarifying to
consumers exactly how they are addressing important privacy issues
raised by the planned trial. As M&S has a track record of responsibly
engaging consumer groups on other issues, we're very interested to see
their statement.

In the meantime, CASPIAN is withholding further response to the trial
until we've had an opportunity to read the document and comment on it.

We'll keep you posted.

Source: RFID Insights, 2/21/05
http://www.rfidinsights.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=60402257

=====================================================================
TESCO AND UNILEVER FAIL UK ETHICS TEST
=====================================================================

Tesco and Unilever have been named as the two worst offenders in a new
ethical ranking of Britain's biggest companies. A survey by Ethical
Consumer Information Systems rated 100 companies on traditional ethics
issues and on the criticism each got from citizens' groups. The
supermarket and household product giants (each of which has participated
in secret RFID trials) both scored only two out of a possible fifteen
points. That's really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

We suspect that Tesco's ranking was not helped by its disregard for the
RFID privacy recommendations of worldwide experts. The resulting boycott
can't be helping the company's ratings, either.

Source: The Guardian, 1/29/05
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1401274,00.html

=====================================================================
CHOICEPOINT STILL IN THE HOT SEAT
=====================================================================

News continues to swirl around ChoicePoint's massive security breach, in
which the company sold complete dossiers on 145,000 people to identity
thieves. Now a California woman has sued the company for fraud and
negligence. The suit seeks class-action status:

"The suit seeks to represent anyone whose personal records
were maintained by ChoicePoint from October 2004 through
the completion of the suit, regardless of whether or not
that data was actually released to anyone."

Hmm, that's virtually every consumer in the U.S. -- what a wakeup call
for the database peddlers! In one of the best responses to date, we love
EPIC's call for ChoicePoint to turn over profits from the fraudulent
sales to the victims. (See their letter, linked below.)

Sources:
ZDNet, 2/23/05
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5587480.html

EPIC's Letter to ChoicePoint, 2/18/05
http://www.epic.org/privacy/choicepoint/cpltr2.18.05.html

=====================================================================
BANK OF AMERICA LOSES ONE MILLION CHARGE CARD RECORDS
=====================================================================

The data peddlers just couldn't stop hemorrhaging in February. Shortly
after ChoicePoint was nailed for selling data to criminals, Bank of
America 'fessed up to having "misplaced" backup tapes containing credit
card information on 1.2 million government employee accounts. Keep it up
guys, your days are numbered.

Source: c|net news, 2/25/05
http://news.com.com/Bank+of+America+loses+a+million+customer+records/2100-1029_3-5590989.html?tag=nefd.top

=====================================================================
WINN-DIXIE FILES BANKRUPTCY PAPERS
=====================================================================

Imposing a much-hated "loyalty" card on customers is not the road to
financial success, as Winn-Dixie's recent bankruptcy shows. Do you doubt
that? Check the timing on the introduction of the company's card program
and see how nicely it correlates with the start of its woes. You can do
the same thing with Albertsons and several others.

When shoppers' regular market takes to surveilling them with a card,
where do many card-hating shoppers turn for solace? Card-free Wal-Mart,
of course.

*sigh*

While we have little pity for Winn Dixie, a recent public statement
about its troubles reveals W-D execs as even more clueless than we
thought. In the second paragraph, they reassure us that although they're
going bankrupt, "the Company's Customer Reward Card is being honored as
usual."

Far from honoring the card, many believe it should be held in contempt.
One former Winn-Dixie shopper -- a man after our own hearts -- got it
right in a letter to the Florida Sun-Sentinel. He writes:

"Winn-Dixie worked at this bankruptcy. They and they alone
are responsible for their mess. It started with the 'card.'
This was the stupidest idea ever."

We agree wholeheartedly. While the card program wasn't Winn Dixie's only
mistake, the timing suggests it was a major contributor to the chain's
downfall. But will the industry figure this out before it's too late?

Sure, we realize that not everyone hates "loyalty" cards. Some shoppers
may even say they like them. But there are enough of us boycotting card
programs -- and the stores that implement them -- to push a teetering
company over the brink.

The anti-card contingent is smart, educated, and vocal -- and we put our
money where our values are. In today's competitive environment, can
stores really afford to lose our business?

No amount of card-driven "customer insight" could possibly compensate
for the enormous ill-will and loss of business these programs generate.

Sources:
PR Newswire, 2/22/05
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/02-22-2005/0003065748&EDATE=

Sun-Sentinel, 2/28/05
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/letters/sfl-pbmail720feb28,0,3229992.story?coll=sfla-news-letters

=====================================================================
BIG GROCERS "UNDER STRESS"
=====================================================================

Pity the poor supermarkets. Apparently Winn-Dixie's bankruptcy has got
others shaking in their aisles. While much of the blame is being put on
cost-conscious shoppers, some are also blaming independents and
"specialty stores" for squeezing the big grocery chains. What's more
likely is that all, big and small alike, are dying off in the shadow of
Wal-Mart.

Notably absent from the analysis of grocery woes is any mention of
customer service, the strong suit of many specialty stores and
independents. We wish they'd also examine the impact of "loyalty" card
programs on customer satisfaction levels. In the competitive arena,
privacy-invading programs are too costly, both in terms of money and
goodwill, to hang onto. We keep waiting for someone to get a clue that
PRIVACY could be the secret to competing with Wal-Mart.

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 2/25/05
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0225/p01s04-usec.html

=====================================================================
STORE MANAGER LOSES JOB FOR FINGERPRINT REFUSAL
=====================================================================

A Missouri QuikTrip store manager with twelve years' experience with the
chain has been fired for refusing to switch to the company's fingerprint
system for tracking employees. While QuikTrip and other biometric
advocates bizarrely claim their new program will actually enhance
employees' privacy, Donny Attaway didn't see it that way. He saw it as
an invasion of privacy and decided to quit rather than give in.

He said:

"'Today, it's a fingerprint.' ... 'Some companies put GPS
(Global Positioning System) in your vehicle. Tomorrow, it's
in your cell phone. Down the road, it could be a microchip
they want to implant in your hand.'"

Perhaps QuikTrip won't miss one lone worker. But if all employees who
oppose fingerprinting, GPS tracking, and RFID-card tracking followed
Attaway's example, the resulting talent drain might cause companies to
reconsider such one-sided workplace surveillance mandates.

Source: Kansas City Star, 2/24/05
http://www.broward.com/mld/kansascitystar/classifieds/employment/10974781.htm

=====================================================================
PLAYING WITH FIRE: TOYS WITH RFID
=====================================================================

Two new RFID-based playthings have hit the market with a bit of a thud.
First, there's a Japanese doll called Naoru-kun who gets "sick" and
requires spychipped items, including medicine and candy, as part of her
"treatment."

Then there's the soccer ball with a "microchip" that will be tested at
this year's under-17 world soccer championship. Oddly, the term "RFID"
is missing from the story, prompting Katherine to wonder if the acronym
is being avoided by companies concerned about public opposition. (When
in doubt, leave it out?)

Sources:
Engadget, 2/17/05
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000167031946/

Yahoo News, 2/26/05
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=528&ncid=528&e=&u=/ap/20050226/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_microchip_ball

=====================================================================
EU EXPLORES CONSUMER PRIVACY PROTECTION AND RFID
=====================================================================

The European Union is taking a closer look at RFID technology and
privacy concerns from manufacturing to deployment. While EU regulations
already mandate certain consumer protections, the working group
determined that others are needed. It has created a Working Document
that addresses its concerns, and is seeking public comment through March
31.

Source: Information Week, 2/6/05
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=59301363

EU Working Document 105 (PDF file)
http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/privacy/docs/wpdocs/2005/wp105_en.pdf

Email comments to: markt-privacy-consultations@cec.eu.int

=====================================================================
U.S. GOVERNMENT PLAYS OSTRICH ON SPYCHIPPED PASSPORTS
=====================================================================

While the European Union works to counter RFID privacy threats, the U.S.
State Department continues to play ostrich about the issue, ignoring
public concerns over spychipped passports. The agency has announced that
it will not encrypt the data contained in RFID-enabled passport slated
to be issued starting this year. This move puts travelers at risk for
data theft, and could potentially jeopardize their physical security as
well. (Do you really want people remotely reading your name and
nationality?) Security expert Bruce Schneier says:

"The only reason I can think of [for putting remotely-
readable RFID chips in passports] is the government wants
surreptitious access. I'm running out of other explanations.
I'd love to hear one."

So would we. Meanwhile, get a passport now or renew the one you have
before the chips start appearing.

The government is accepting public comment on this issue through April
4. Go get 'em!

Sources:
Wired News, 2/24/05
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,66686,00.html

Federal Register:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-3080.htm

Email address for comments: Deadline to comment 4/4/05
PassportRules@state.gov

=====================================================================
WARRANTY CARDS: SELLING US OUT AT A NICKEL A NAME
=====================================================================

[Note: The following excellent piece was researched and written by
CASPIAN member Julia Newman.]

Filling out and submitting warranty or product registration cards is NOT
necessary for a valid warranty. In fact, warranty rights are in no way
affected or diminished by refusing to disclose personal information,
except in the case of some LIMITED warranties. The Magnusson-Moss Act
governing warranty law in the U.S. specifically states that if a company
wants to impose any obligations on customers "other than notifying you
that they need service" those terms must be stated in the warranty.

Granted, warranty cards can be used to notify customers about product
recalls and safety issues, but most cards go directly to data
aggregating firms instead of to the manufacturer and are not used to
confirm the warranty.

And beware electronic registration forms included with computers,
software, etc. Once those forms are completed, they can be transmitted
in "background mode" with no further action on your part. Connect to the
web and your information --along with another bit of your privacy -- is
whisked away. Don't be a gullible participant for the industry "who
can't wait to sell their lists for a nickel a name."

Pay cash whenever possible, keep receipts in a safe place (especially
for big ticket items), read the fine print, and NEVER submit warranty
cards.

Sources:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/warranty.htm#Magnuson-Moss

http://www.privacyrights.org/newsletter/040402.htm

http://www.warrantyweek.com/archive/ww20030714.html

=====================================================================
WIRELESS GROCERY CART OFFERS ANONYMOUS SHOPPER OPTION
=====================================================================

Fujitsu has developed the U-Scan Shopper, a wireless computer that
mounts onto a shopping cart and offers a "true 1:1 marketing and
customer loyalty tool." The device helps shoppers find items in the
store while beaming advertisements and offers at them based on their
position or their loyalty card information.

Though the whole "smart cart" idea leaves us cold, we recognize that
some card-free shoppers might want to test out such a device -- and now
they can. Fujitsu's is the first computerized cart we're aware of that
allows a shopper to use it anonymously, rather than requiring a loyalty
card swipe first.

Before you get too excited, you should know that most of these cart
systems enable retailers to pinpoint your physical location and track
your movements as you walk around the store. Even if you start off
anonymous at the beginning of your shopping trip, if you ID yourself at
checkout with a credit card or ATM card, you'll allow the store to
assess your movements retroactively.

One final note: stores with money to burn on this sort of thing usually
have marketing and technology departments that are working overtime --
while charging you higher prices to pay for them. They're also likely to
be surveilling you in other ways that are even more invasive and less
visible than a tracking cart.

Source:
PhysOrg, 2/22/05
http://www.physorg.com/news3143.html

=====================================================================
CASPIAN IN THE NEWS
=====================================================================

Since our last newsletter, Katherine commented on RFID for the BBC's
World Service radio program where she was heard by millions of listeners
across the globe; she appeared on several television programs, including
a segment for Fox, one for Canada's CTV network, and a re-run of her
July 2004 appearance on Tech TV's Unscrewed; and her photo and comments
appeared in an Information Age piece on Tesco's RFID initiative. In
addition, Katherine was interviewed by or mentioned by several food,
retail and tech industry publications.

===============

CASPIAN also got a few mentions from the bad guys:

http://www.aimglobal.org/members/news/templates/rfidinsights.asp?articleid=302&zoneid=24
(tells RFID companies to talk to CASPIAN before screwing up)

Along with this instant classic, entitled "Champion the RFID cause":
http://www.ferret.com.au/articles/22/0c02d322.asp
(tells RFID guys to "engage with privacy groups" such as CASPIAN)

=================

Finally, we had ringside seats to the rollicking RFID debate in
Information Week.

In one corner, indefatigable RFID apologist Bob Evans slams RFID
opponents and concludes with a swipe at Katherine:
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60402240

In the other corner, commentator Patricia Keefe calls for an end to the
secrecy surrounding RFID trials and applications:
http://blog.informationweek.com/windows/archives/002322.html

Guess which of them soundly won the associated reader poll?
(Hint: It wasn't Bob Evans.)
Poll: http://www.informationweek.com/polls/rfidandyou.jhtml

=====================================================================
CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

The following is just a small sample of the huge volume of mail we
receive each week. Comments are edited for brevity, spelling, and
grammar.

-----
"I have 32 years of programming/analyst experience. I can say with
certainty that some programmers include back doors to access databases.
So how secure is our personal information?"
- Anonymous

-----
"The plan to tag children to keep up with them is outrageous! Can you
say 'MARK OF THE BEAST?' Do you want to set the precedent for all others
to follow in your footsteps? To tag children as if they are animals?"
- Kendra, TX

-----
"Thanks for giving the community a place to take back our privacy rights
when everyone else wants to take them away."
- Anonymous

-----
"In the old sense of Americans living in a sea of liberties, you are a
brave American. I admire your stand against privacy intrusion of any
kind. Your respect of individual dignity is supported by your fight
against privacy invasion of shopping cards, RFID's, and rest of that
trash. Above all, your site and its objective simply make good sense to
anyone who views it."
- Brian, Washington

-----
To Gillette:
"My wife, not knowing of your intrusion of privacy, bought [a Gillette
product] this Christmas. You can follow it to the landfill."
- William Wyttenbach, M.D.

----
To Tesco:
"You won't be spending our money on RFID spychips... We'll shop
somewhere else!"
- Mary, UK

=====================================================================
ACTIVISM CORNER
=====================================================================

EU citizens can read the Working Document on RFID we covered in the news
section, then provide comments on it. DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS
3/31/05.

EU Working Document 105 (PDF file)
http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/privacy/docs/wpdocs/2005/wp105_en.pdf

Email comments to: markt-privacy-consultations@cec.eu.int

-----
Americans are encouraged to read the Proposed Rule for RFID chips in
passports and provide feedback on this dangerous plan. DEADLINE FOR
PUBLIC COMMENT IS 4/4/05.

Federal Register:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-3080.htm

Email address for comments: PassportRules@state.gov

=====================================================================

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999.

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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RFID INVADES THE CAPITAL
In May, Homeland Security employees will begin using an RFID-equipped
ID card. Some say the device will create thousands of new
opportunities for hackers and snoops.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=7291
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Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

NEWS:

1- New Mexico legislators kill RFID labeling legislation
2- U.S. Senators vow to "protect" spychips
3- Spychips coming to your wallet?
4- Another one! LexisNexis fumbles consumer information
5- ChoicePoint downplayed consumer data-theft damage
6- Miniscule penalties for data disclosures
7- RFID: More push, less enthusiasm
8- Big Brother moments in the parking terminal
9- Hospital tests human spychipping program
10- GPS in phone didn't prevent Japanese girl's murder

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE:

1- CASPIAN news
2- CASPIAN members sound off

=====================================================================
NEW MEXICO LEGISLATORS CAVE TO SPYCHIPPERS
=====================================================================

The New Mexico legislation to require labeling on products containing
RFID tags died in committee this month. Political pressure, plain and
simple, is what did it in:

"The bill's rejection was the result of lobbying by the
Grocery Manufacturers of America," Stewart says, "which
convinced the majority of the Judiciary Committee members
that New Mexico did not want to be the first state to enact
such a bill."

Rep. Mimi Stewart's legislation would have alerted consumers to the
presence of RFID tags and given consumers the right to access
information collected on them through the chips. As she says, she wanted
to:

"... protect consumers from the proliferation of a
technology that is designed in the interest of business,
not the consumer."

Undaunted, Stewart intends to research the issues further and resubmit
the bill in the 2006 session. Unlike many legislative efforts, Stewart's
bill appears to be entirely in keeping with the joint position paper
issued in 2003 by CASPIAN and many other privacy organizations.

New Mexico residents: Please send an email applauding Rep. Stewart's
efforts, and offer your future support to her cause. You can email her
at: mstewart@osogrande.com.

Sources:
RFID Journal, 3/16/05
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1449/1/1/

New Mexico State Government web site
http://legis.state.nm.us/lcs/legdetails.asp?Name=229&Submit=Search

RFID Position Statement
http://www.spychips.com/jointrfid_position_paper.html

Email NM state legislator Rep. Mimi Stewart:
mstewart@osogrande.com

=====================================================================
U.S. SENATORS VOW TO "PROTECT" SPYCHIPS
=====================================================================

Why does RFID labeling legislation keep going down in flames? It becomes
clear when you realize our elected officials are working overtime to
protect and promote the industry.

The latest pro-RFID government missive comes from the "Senate Republican
High Tech Task Force" which unveiled a set of policy programs last week.
Among them was a policy plank vowing to "protect" RFID. These senators
have announced they will:

"... protect exciting new technologies from premature
regulation or legislation in search of a problem. RFID holds
tremendous promise for our economy, including military
logistics and commercial inventory efficiencies, and should
not be saddled prematurely with regulation."

While CASPIAN doesn't advocate legislative controls over RFID (we want
labeling legislation only), we certainly don't think it is appropriate
for our elected representatives to gush about the technology, calling it
"exciting," either.

Are we the only ones to think there's something wrong with an entire
task force of elected officials identifying itself as "a conduit for the
technology industry?" Whatever happened to elected officials being
"conduits" for the people?

Source: RFID Journal, 3/10/05
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1440/1/1/

=====================================================================
SPYCHIPS COMING TO YOUR WALLET?
=====================================================================

Imagine if Holiday Inn, Barnes & Noble, American Airlines, OfficeMax,
AAA, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield could all secretly read a plastic card
they've issued to you -- right through your wallet, backpack, or purse.
Imagine if they used such RFID-laced loyalty or membership cards to keep
track of when you pass through doorways and observe how long you linger
in front of the cookbooks and office furniture. Then imagine them
sharing that information with other companies, marketers, and government
officials -- or losing it to hackers and identity thieves.

This horrific vision may come true sooner than you think. Arthur Blank &
Co., Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of plastic cards,
has just announced it is adding RFID capability to its product line.
This move has huge implications for consumer privacy, as Arthur Blank
makes 1.3 *billion* cards every year for hundreds of companies,
including the ones listed above.

There is currently no requirement for a store or other company to tell
you if the card they've issued you contains a remotely-readable spychip.
In addition, once they get you to take the card, there is nothing to
prevent them from tracking you with it -- or helping others to do the
same.

Before long, we'll be reduced to X-raying the contents of our wallets to
be sure we're not being spied on by the cards we carry. It's time to
DEMAND labelling on spychipped items -- especially plastic cards. Ask
your state representative to read our website and contact us to provide
sample legislation and expert testimony.

You should also let Arthur Blank know how you feel about their
spychipped cards:
Arthur Blank president Stuart Blank: stublank@abco.com
Phone number: 617-325-9600
fax: 617-327-1235.

Sources:
Contactless News, 3/3/05
http://www.contactlessnews.com/news/2005/03/03/arthur-blank-co-set-for-highvolume-rfid-card-production/

Arthur Blank web site
http://www.arthurblank.com/

=====================================================================
ANOTHER ONE! LEXISNEXIS FUMBLES CONSUMER INFO
=====================================================================

Lexis-Nexis is the latest American company to fall prey to identity
thieves, with about 32,000 individuals' names, addresses, driver's
licenses, and Social Security numbers going to unauthorized parties.
Unlike ChoicePoint, Lexis-Nexis seems to be taking the breach seriously,
but for the victims, it's a case of too little, too late.

Apparently, identify thieves have caught on to the value of our stored
data -- in a big way.

"'As the value of what you're trying to steal increases, so
does the effort that the bad guys will put into it,' said
Paul Beechey, a security expert with UK defense group QinetiQ."

The increasing frequency of these breaches is a cold-water-in-the-face
wakeup call. Industry needs to get some privacy-respecting choices
(i.e., companies promising not to store your data) back into the
marketplace.

Source: Yahoo News, 3/9/05
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&e=6&u=/nm/20050309/tc_nm/media_reed_elsevier_security_dc

=====================================================================
CHOICEPOINT DOWNPLAYED CONSUMER DATA-THEFT DAMAGE
=====================================================================

ChoicePoint is still in the hot seat over its mis-handling of over
145,000 individuals' records. In documents recently filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it was revealed that
ChoicePoint limited its search for damage to the effective date of the
California notification law.

How many more people are affected by ChoicePoint's carelessness, that
involved selling data to over *50* fraudulent companies? ChoicePoint
says any increase above that 145,000 won't be "significant." But who's
willing to trust them now?

Source: c|net news, 3/10/05
http://news.com.com/ChoicePoint+data+loss+may+be+higher+than+reported/2100-1029_3-5609253.html?tag=nefd.top

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MINISCULE PENALTIES FOR DATA DISCLOSURES
=====================================================================

Another disquieting reminder that we shouldn't believe everything we
read in a web site's privacy policy: CartManager International, an
internet company that provides "shopping cart" software to process other
companies' transactions, sold information on around 1 million people who
used their product on thousands of web sites. Many of those sites had
assured purchasers their data would be kept private.

While it's hard to put a monetary value on privacy, we know when we're
being sold out cheaply. CartManager's penalty for the privacy breach was
nothing more than a requirement that they pay back the $9,000 they
earned from the sale and promise to "clearly disclose" consumer data
sales in the future.

The data peddling industry must be laughing all the way to the bank on
this one.

Source: Reuters, 3/10/05
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=internetNews&storyID=7867566

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RFID: MORE PUSH, LESS ENTHUSIASM
=====================================================================

Many companies have invested millions to expand the use of spychips --
so much so that they're overstating the case for the technology.
Wal-Mart's highly-touted mandates didn't live up to the hype, and
reports continue to show that manufacturers are less enthusiastic about
RFID than the tech's promoters would like us to believe. Even ardent
supporters like Procter & Gamble acknowledge that real hurdles still
exist. Keep up the privacy pressure -- it's just one more thing dragging
RFID down.

Source: Promo Magazine, 3/1/05
http://promomagazine.com/mag/marketing_tag_tag/

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BIG BROTHER MOMENTS IN THE PARKING TERMINAL
=====================================================================

The new "smart parking system" at Boston's Logan Airport uses cameras to
snap photos of cars' license plates as they enter and leave the parking
structure. What's more, staffers make daily rounds using handheld
scanners to pinpoint each car's parking spot. Everything gets stored in
a database.

Massport says it has no plans to notify people of the new
information-gathering system. Nor will they say what they might do with
the database generated:

"Phil Orlandella, a Massport spokesman, said the agency does
not plan to notify parkers about its information-gathering
activities or develop a privacy policy. He stressed that data
are gathered on vehicles entering the garages and not the
drivers of those vehicles.

"Orlandella said the information is held indefinitely and
used for internal parking management, although he said the
State Police is given access to the database for stolen vehicle
and other investigations."

Will they start photographing the insides of our cars next? Where does
this snoopiness end?

Source: Boston Globe, 3/13/05
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2005/03/13/forget_where_you_parked_your_car/?

=====================================================================
HOSPITAL TESTS HUMAN SPYCHIPPING PROGRAM
=====================================================================

Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey is launching a
clinical evaluation of the VeriChip human RFID implant system in its
emergency department. However, the "innovative, well respected medical
center" appears to be ignoring the medical risks associated with the
implanted spychips, including FDA warnings that embedded chips could be
dangerous for patients undergoing MRI procedures. We hope Hackensack
emergency patients don't learn this lesson the hard way.

Source: BusinessWire, 3/14/05
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20050314005683&newsLang=en

=====================================================================
GPS IN PHONE DIDN'T PREVENT JAPANESE GIRL'S MURDER
=====================================================================

Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has been touted as a way to
protect people, especially children, from harm. Many Japanese have
bought the argument hook, line and sinker, and now tag and track their
children in a variety of different ways.

A blog called "RFID in Japan" (a great resource for monitoring
spychip-creep in that country) reports that GPS tracking technology
failed to live up to its promise for at least one unfortunate victim.
Although the technology allowed some preliminary tracking, it didn't
allow anyone to catch up with the girl's captor in time to prevent her
murder.

Sources:
RFID in Japan blog, November and December 2004
http://ubiks.net/local/blog/jmt/archives3/2004_11.html

Blog home page:
http://ubiks.net/local/blog/jmt/stuff3/

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CASPIAN NEWS
=====================================================================

Good news for consumers following privacy issues -- our newsletter is
now available online! If you missed our last issue, you can find it
here:

http://www.spychips.com/news/index.html

Sunni will be keeping the newsletter page current and adding back issues
over the next few weeks. Bookmark the CASPIAN newsletter home page, and
tell your friends about this excellent resource for consumer privacy
news and trends.

-----

San Diego's Fox6 News aired a 5 minute segment on RFID this week,
featuring CASPIAN founder (and newsletter co-editor) Katherine Albrecht.
After all the pro-industry puff pieces that have come out on RFID
recently, it was nice to see a reporter go heavy on the creep factor to
remind us just how scary this stuff is.

Catch it soon, before they pull it off the website:
http://www.fox6.com/
(Scroll down to "RFID Tagging")

(Thanks to our friend James at www.zombiewire.com for alerting us to
this one)

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CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

The following is just a small sample of the huge volume of mail we
receive each week. Comments are edited for brevity, spelling, and
grammar.

-----
"Are these things [RFID chips] in our passports? Why would they need
that information if they didn't want to control the citizens? Our
Founding Fathers would be SPINNING in their graves if they knew what was
happening to the citizens of a country established 'For the people, of
the people and by the people.'" - James, Florida

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"I was charged $2.19 for loaves of Klosterman bread without a card, when
they were marked 99 cents and in tiny little print 'with card.' Marking
up an item 221% for simply not having a card is outrageous!" - Gary,
Kentucky

-----
"I had heard stories of how HP and other printer manufactures's software
secretly accesses their web site and transmits statistical and other
unknown data from the user's computer. When I installed this firewall
software, I very quickly learned how many different programs did so.
Almost every application, including Microsoft programs, attempted to
connect without notification to send some unknown data from my computer.
I now realize that everyone should have it [a firewall] even for dialup,
to stop this invasion of privacy." - Rick, Texas

-----
"Every day, we as Americans are idly standing by and watching our
freedoms and privacy slip slowly beneath the cresting wave of one world
agenda. We either take a stand right now or face the certainty of
government controlling every aspect of our daily lives." - Duane, Texas

-----
"We are losing our rights left and right and we don't even realize we
are being preyed upon and information stolen from us. From a very
concerned parent." - Scott Glover, Springfield, MO

-----
"I just read the new newsletter and am a little appalled by the support
for Wal-Mart. They are leading the industry in America for putting RFID
tags on items on their store shelves.... There are so many places that
you can go [instead]. The store I shop at won't even allow you to use a
debit/credit card because it would increase store prices. Let's support
those people. God bless!" - Anonymous

[Editor's response: It's been nearly two years since I set foot in a
Wal-Mart store, and I agree with you 100% about not shopping there. The
last newsletter didn't support Wal-Mart, but merely pointed out that a
lot of people began shopping there when their regular supermarkets
started tracking their purchases with cards. - Katherine Albrecht]

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CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999.

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

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may find it of interest.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WE CAN STOP RFID IN PASSPORTS!
URGENT REQUEST - this will take only 5 minutes of your time

===============================================================

WHAT: Tell the government you oppose spychips in passports
WHERE: http://www.rfidkills.com/action.html
WHEN: By Monday, April 4th, at 5:00 PM EST

Add your protest comment to the hundreds that have already been filed.
Then forward this email and spread the word!

===============================================================
THE PROBLEM:
===============================================================

SPYCHIPS PLANNED FOR PASSPORTS

The US Department of State plans to put remotely readable radio
frequency identification (RFID) spychips into all new passports. These
tiny computer spychips will use radio waves to broadcast the information
contained on our passports -- including name, date and place of birth,
passport number and photograph -- right through our wallets, backpacks,
pockets or purses, to nearby reader devices.

The data will not be encrypted or protected in any way. This reckless
plan could put Americans traveling overseas at risk of attack by
thieves, muggers, kidnappers, and even terrorists who could use portable
reader devices to zero in on the radio signals emanating from our
passports. Don't let the federal government put a spychip in *your*
pocket!

NOTE: While the maximum legal read range of the passport chips is only a
few inches, criminals can eavesdrop on official reader devices to
capture your data from across a room or potentially even down the block.

(Even if you don't have a passport, this still impacts you. Passport
chipping is a trial run for other documents. If we allow this to happen,
drivers licenses will be next.)

================================================================
THE SOLUTION:
================================================================

Join the nationwide outcry against spychipped passports!

Our friends at RFIDKILLS.COM have put together a quick and easy way to
submit your comments against spychipped passports directly to the US
State Department.

There are four days left to inundate the State Department with
complaints. Write a short note of opposition yourself (even something as
simple as "I oppose RFID in passports" is fine.) Then ask five friends
to do the same.

It will take only a few thousand Americans speaking out against this
plan to put an end to it. Please do your part!

Note: RFIDKILLS.com is not officially affiliated with CASPIAN, but we
know and trust the people behind it. We are supporting them every step
of the way. Please do the same!

In Freedom,

Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy

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Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not flaming anyone here........ just pointing out something that hasn't been mentioned..

People only have a choice if they are aware that they have to choose, how can you make a choice of using the correct answer if the question is still in my pocket ????? RFID's are hardly big news YET...

See what I mean?

Furthermore, if you jump up and down and make lots of noise about something that very few people know much about and maybe even fewer care about, you stand more of a chance of being branded a "nutter" or "troublemaker".

Furk the rest of 'em, i'm gonna look after no# 1 and 2, even if I have to use wire mesh carrier bags and a matching wallet..........

Theres been some great postings here, keep up the good work peeps Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 4/27/05 TEXANS' CARS TO BE SPYCHIPPED?
=====================================================================

Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
Edited by Sunni Maravillosa and Katherine Albrecht

NEWS:
1- Calling all Texans: Stop the car spychip bill!
2- Thieves steal man's car -- and his finger
3- Tom Ridge says RFID is "beautiful"
4- Wisconsin supermarket chain drops "loyalty" cards
5- RFID pusher tells companies to remember customers
6- A spychip by any other name ...
7- Safeway spends millions on marketing to regain customers
8- Scientist calls for world DNA database
9- Patient information stolen from California medical group
10- Call center workers steal customer information, money

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE:
1- CASPIAN news
2- CASPIAN members sound off

Don't know what RFID is? Read our overview at:
http://www.spychips.com/what-is-rfid.html

=====================================================================
CALLING ALL TEXANS: STOP THE CAR SPYCHIP BILL!
=====================================================================

All right, you intrepid, privacy-loving Texans -- it's time once again
to show the rest of the country what you're made of. You're in the
spotlight as the test case for the government to see if it can get away
with spychipping cars!

A bill in the Texas House of Representatives would require an embedded
RFID tag to be placed on your windshield, within your mandatory
inspection sticker. The sticker could be read from over 30 feet away by
government reader devices that can function like gestapo-style invisible
checkpoints -- ID'ing all Texas vehicles as they pass. Along with
requiring this device in your cars, the government could hide reader
devices in the roads to monitor all cars entering a given neighborhood,
driving into a given parking lot, or even just heading down the open
road.

Your ability to travel anonymously is at stake, but you can win this one
if you fight it!

Source: My San Antonio, 4/8/05
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/stories/MYSA040805.1A.rfid.1b74706e7.html

Contact your state Rep and tell them you'll be remembering how they vote
on this one when election time rolls around again. Better yet, stop by
their office and tell them in person. But whatever you do, don't sit
idly by and let this happen!

Find your Texas state representative here:
http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/

=====================================================================
THIEVES STEAL MAN'S CAR -- AND HIS FINGER
=====================================================================

Here's proof that "biometric security" -- using a fingerprint or iris
scan to verify a person's identity -- isn't a deterrent to theft. A
Malaysian man whose Mercedes car was "protected" by a fingerprint
recognition system had his finger chopped off with a machete by thieves
who wanted his car.

We predicted last year that something similar could happen to people who
get VeriChip implants to make payments or access secure areas. Rather
than just steal your wallet or keys, if YOU become the form of access,
thieves will have to kidnap or harm you if they want to get at your chip
-- and its "benefits."

Source: BBC News, 3/31/05
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4396831.stm

=====================================================================
TOM RIDGE SAYS RFID IS "BEAUTIFUL"
=====================================================================

The big news this month was the RFID Journal Live! conference in
Chicago. Former Homeland Security head Tom Ridge was on hand to deliver
the keynote address, shilling for spychips by telling attendees that
"biometrics and RFID will make us safer."

"That's one of the beautiful things about RFID," said Ridge.
"It's another security measure embedded in the U.S. economy."

Really? We think RFID is more likely to leave companies vulnerable to
security threats in the long run. Just imagine what would happen to a
company's inventory if a terrorist blasted a warehouse full of tags with
a powerful microwave burst. Can't you just hear the sizzling sounds? Or
worse yet, imagine the flames?

Source: Wired News, 4/12/05
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,67192,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

=====================================================================
WISCONSIN SUPERMARKET CHAIN DROPS "LOYALTY" CARDS
=====================================================================

Sentry Foods, a chain of supermarkets in Wisconsin, recently announced
they're discontinuing their "loyalty" cards in response to customer
feedback. Two owners of Sentry stores explained why:

"A lot of people didn't like the card," said Joe Wirag,
owner of the Sentry store in Madison. "They didn't
want to give up that private information."

Charles Galle, owner of the Sentry store in Prairie
du Sac, said he hopes the company's move starts a
trend away from the loyalty-card concept.

"Everyone and their brother asks you for a card
these days,' he said. 'Lets get back to basics
and sell groceries."

Thank you, Sentry, for listening to your customers and getting rid of
the cards!

Drop by Sentry's web site and tell them "Thanks!"
http://www.sentryfoods.com/contactus.asp

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 4/11/05
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/index.php?ntid=34838&ntpid=3

=====================================================================
RFID PUSHER TELLS COMPANIES TO REMEMBER CUSTOMERS
=====================================================================

RFID proponents say the most amazing things. A recent example is
Australian analyst Ann Grackin. In her enthusiasm for spychips, she
suggested that RFID pushers are "forgetting the customer." However,
based on her comments, we may be better off that way. Grackin made these
recommendations to the retail industry on RFID use:

"Linking personal identity (smart cards), to sales, or lack
of sales is key. The customer enters your environment [and]
huge potential value might be in store if the relationship
is managed intelligently."

If remembering the customer means "managing" us, we'd rather be
forgotten. Perhaps Grackin herself could use a crash course in consumer
attitudes. Here's what we'd tell her:

Dear Ann: We don't want spychips in our loyalty cards, on our products,
or in our stores. We are not merely "huge potential value" for
retailers. We are people. And we have no desire for a "relationship"
with you or your retail clients if that means milking us for cash. -
Yours truly, the customer.

Source: Supply Chain Review, 3/29/05
http://www.supplychainreview.com.au/index.cfm?li=displaystory&StoryID=22049

=====================================================================
A SPYCHIP BY ANY OTHER NAME ...
=====================================================================

Lately the spychippers have been trying to gussy up RFID with new names,
hoping the public won't figure it out. Fortunately, Wired's indomitable
Mark Baard is wise to their tricks. He writes:

"...the Homeland Security Department is very carefully avoiding
use of the term 'RFID.' The department, along with Philips, is
also backing a trade group that is branding ID documents with
RFID tags as 'contactless smartcards.'

"'We'd prefer,' said Joseph Broghamer, Homeland Security's
director of authentication technologies, 'that the terms
"RFID," or even "RF," not be used at all (when referring
to the RFID-tagged smartcards). Let's get "RF" out of it
altogether.'"

Yeah, we bet they'd love to dangle a hypnotic watch before our eyes and
have us forget everything we know about RFID. "RFID? No, this isn't
RFID, it's just a bad dream ... Go back to sleep ..."

It's pretty bad when the government is trying to hide the fact that
they're planning to spychip all U.S. passports. You're not fooling us,
guys. "Contactless chips," "proximity chips" -- call them whatever you
want, we know what they are. And we don't want you using them to track
us.

Sources:
SmartCard Alliance
http://www.smartcardalliance.org/alliance_activities/rfidvscontactless.cfm

Wired News, 3/29/05
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,67025,00.html

=====================================================================
SAFEWAY SPENDS MILLIONS ON MARKETING TO REGAIN CUSTOMERS
=====================================================================

Card-loving Safeway just doesn't get it. They're spending $100 million
dollars to woo shoppers back into their stores and get current shoppers
to spend more. They could accomplish far more by simply eliminating
their awful "club card" program. A news article states that Safeway is
taking a cue from "specialty grocers" including Whole Foods Market and
Trader Joe's with recent changes to their stores.

Here's a big clue for you, Safeway, and we won't charge you for it: One
of the reasons Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's are doing so well is
they don't have the privacy-stripping card program you do.

Source: Atlanta Constitution-Journal, 4/5/05 (requires registration)
http://www.ajc.com/business/content/shared-gen/ap/Finance_General/Safeway_Marketing.html

BugMeNot, for bypassing registration: http://www.bugmenot.com/

=====================================================================
SCIENTIST CALLS FOR WORLD DNA DATABASE
=====================================================================

With all the concerns over privacy these days, you'd think the database
peddlers might want to lie low for a while. But a British scientist is
doing just the opposite. Alec Jeffreys, a pioneer of DNA
"fingerprinting," has gone on record in favor of a worldwide DNA
database. Here's part of his comments:

"Having your DNA profile on a database makes sense to you
as an individual ... If any of you had been in Thailand or
Indonesia on holiday and, heaven forbid, killed by the
tsunami, how would you have been identified? If your DNA
profile is on that database, you can look in there and
immediately carry out the identification. It is worth
considering having your profile in the database."

He did have the foresight to say that the database should not be
maintained by authorities, but we wonder who he thinks can be trusted
with such a sensitive database. When banks and other corporations that
regularly deal with sensitive information are regularly in the news for
security breaches, who's left to trust?

Source: The Guardian, 4/11/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1456597,00.html

=====================================================================
PATIENT INFORMATION STOLEN FROM CALIFORNIA MEDICAL GROUP
=====================================================================

The San Jose Medical Group is the latest corporation sending out letters
to its customers, warning them that sensitive information has been
compromised. Two computers that contained patients' names, addresses,
Social Security Numbers, and medical billing codes were stolen. About
185,000 former and current patients will be getting "Sorry, we lost your
data" letters from the group.

Source: TechNewsWorld, 4/8/05
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/news/42127.html

=====================================================================
CALL CENTER WORKERS STEAL CUSTOMER INFORMATION, MONEY
=====================================================================

Three employees of an Indian call center for Citibank abused their
positions and got enough information from four New York Citibank
customers to steal about $300,000 from their accounts. The scheme came
to light only when the account holders noticed unauthorized transactions
and inquired at Citibank.

Source: ComputerWorld, 4/7/05
http://www.computerworld.com/managementtopics/outsourcing/story/0,10801,100900,00.html

=====================================================================
CASPIAN NEWS
=====================================================================

Thanks to all the concerned individuals who commented on the U.S.
government's plan to spychip passports. The State Department received
over 2400 public comments, and is reportedly re-thinking its plans. Your
efforts are having a huge impact!

=====================================================================
CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================

"I am sick and tired of being monitored on what I purchase, where I go,
what I drive, how fast or slow it takes me to get there and data
gathering agencies profiting from that makes it even worse. If they want
data, have them send me a survey. I will answer what I want, but then
let me INVOICE them. If anyone is going to make money on my information
let it be me!" - Anonymous CASPIAN member

"I am totally amazed to learn of this practice [or affixing RFID tags to
goods] by Tesco. Are they the only ones? Is it safe to shop in any of
the big supermarkets if one of them is doing this? How dare they! I
will not be stepping into Tesco again. It is one of the two supermarkets
I patronise in my town. Well, it was. I hope now to be informed if
others are up to this as well so as I can avoid them. I'll patronise
small shops if I have to. I will not be subjected to this." - Eleanor in
Wishaw, Scotland

"Money controls government. Let's vote with our dollars as well as our
ballots."
- Anonymous in Canada

"I am very concerned about the willingness of the citizens of the US
giving up our freedoms without even considering what we are doing. If we
have no privacy we will soon have no freedom. RFID gives huge powers of
information to both our corporations and our government. "Power corrupts
and absolute power corrupts absolutely." It would be wise to set very
strict limits on both corporations and the government on how the rapidly
emerging RFID technology is used making certain of the preservation of
our freedom through privacy."
- Mike in Canton, Texas

"Where does it end? Or can it? Thanks for the information and PLEASE
keep letting us ignorant of this, know how our privacy is being
exploited! Also how the MAIN STREAM MEDIA is suppressing this important
real threatening issue!" - Anonymous

"I am with the french movement JAMEH (can basically be translated by
"never with the manipulation of human being") actively fighting against
rfid and intrusive technologies by informing people. We are simple
citizens but determined in a lobbying action." - Mark in Paris, France

"Caught the last 2 minutes of your interview [on local radio] this AM
and spent 4 hours following links on spychips.com this evening. I
didn't know. Thanks for the eye opener and keep up the great work." -
Phillip in Garland, Texas

"I personally choose not to shop at businesses that have "membership"
cards. I'm an avid recycler, everything from paper trash to tools and
furniture. I choose to grow my own produce, buy fresh farm eggs,
poultry, ham and beef. Yes, there some necessities that must be
purchased at
retail stores that have shopper incentive programs. However, it is my
choice NOT TO PARTICIPATE in such programs." - Susan in Vancouver,
Washington

=====================================================================

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There is a clear, simple way to dispell these concerns. All RFID chips, ALL OF THEM, should be destroyed at the point of purchase. This is not a difficult thing to do and it is not asking too much of RFID makers and retailers to do this. And yet, the proponents of RFID tracking technology categorically have refused to consider this when confronted with the idea. Why?
Quote:
What can they possibly be planning to do that requires that these tags not be destroyed after they have left the store?


It is not financialy feasable to have the chips destroyed when leaving the store. Eventually all stores will be kitted out with RFID readers that will scan customers upon entry to the store, from the information recieved a calculation will be made to assertain the monetary value of what you have on your person, clothes/jewelery/credit cards/ and eventually money.

Once this has been calulated people, with a "high value" will be targeted by trained sales assistants who will try and get every last penny from your pocket.

Fortunately...... poor people such as myself will be left to wonder around the store aimlessly and make our own minds up what and when we purchase.
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The new write/read device for stationary use is compliant with the requirements of the EPC Global and ISO/IEC 18000-6 standards, and is suitable for the 865 to 868 Megahertz UHF bands in Europe as well as for the 902 to 928 Megahertz UHF range in North America. UHF technology permits long distances between the write/read device and the data media (tags). Equipped with a robust IP65 housing and capable of use in a wide range of temperatures, the write/read device also meets the demands of rough industrial environments, such as warehouses and loading ramps. As many as four antennas in IP65, designed for UHF bands in Europe and North America, can be connected in order to record tags quickly and reliably even under difficult conditions. With a high reading rate, multiple tags are identified simultaneously (bulk recording), and even fast-moving tags are reliably recorded.


Siemens are developing this as we speak............

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Companies Want RFID Sensors In Your Bedroom

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Certain e-commerce companies are promoting some very scary plans for RFID tags and sensors. RFID tags are tiny radio transceivers which transmit a short code identifying themselves when a signal is received from an RFID reader device. When embedded into merchandise, these tags allow a person with a reader to know exactly what the merchandise is, where it was bought, how much it cost and, potentially, who bought it.

One company, Accenture Technology Labs in Chicago, has created medicine cabinets and even bedroom furniture with embedded RFID readers. These readers are, of course, connected via the internet to certain e-commerce web sites. Imagine your own furniture detecting your new clothes and prescription drugs and reporting them to some marketing company over the internet. The reason for doing this is so that these companies can target very specific advertising at you.

My tin foil hat is on too tight you say? Not so; that is exactly what the company says it wants to do.

Both the wardrobe and the medicine cabinet scenarios link to e-commerce websites.

...

But the companies appear to want consumers to keep RFID tags attached to their clothes and other items, to make them available to internet-connected reader devices in stores, homes and on the street. That way, companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy can pitch new products to consumers based on what they are wearing or carrying, wherever the companies find them.

As a sop to privacy advocates, some spokespersons are entertaining the idea of giving the buyer the option to disable or remove the RFID tags. They would, of course, do this voluntarily. No doubt they hope to stave off calls for legislation requiring them to disable all tags at the point of purchase.

In my opinion, this would be worse than if all retailers refused to disable the tags. Why? At least if you know the tags are active, you can obtain a tag-killing device somewhere and use it yourself to debug new purchases. A handful of companies are making plans to make such products.

Under a voluntary system, some retailers would disable the tags and some would not. You would never know when or if the tags are still live when you leave the store with your purchases. And even if they claimed to disable it but actually did not, the retailer would not be breaking any laws. You wouldn't be able to force them to disable the tags and you wouldn't be able to hold them accountable if they lied to you about disabling them.

I still believe strongly that all retailers should be required to have tag killing devices at the register and should be required to ask the customer if they want to keep the tags live or not. This should be law, not an optional "self regulating" behavior. If, as some of these commerce groups are claiming, they really do intend to give the consumer that option, then they should have no objection to it being mandatory.
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from swi news letter

Shades Of Minority Report

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I can't decide what disturbed me more about the movie Minority Report. Was it that people were being imprisoned for crimes they hadn't committed or that people couldn't move about the city without a massive network of computers taking note of their location?

I don't know whether or not someone is working out a way to read the future and catch murderers before they commit the act. I do know that people are working on ideas to track people everywhere they go. In England, they will be embedding RFID transceivers into automobile license plates. Now there is talk of doing the same thing here in the US.

It usually is at this point where someone issues the shrill battle cry "RFID only works within a few feet!". To which the obvious response is "Today it does. What about tomorrow?". Well, tomorrow has arrived. At this year's Defcon hackers convention, someone managed to transmit to and receive data from an RFID transceiver 69 feet away. Supposedly, the chips being planned for automobiles in the UK can be read at a distance of 300 feet.

When you need to be within half a meter to read these chips, they are of little concern. When they have range enough that I can sit right here at my desk and detect every chip inside of every house for two blocks in every direction, I begin to worry.

If London can afford to install half a million video cameras on its streets, Houston or New York can afford to put an RFID reader into every fourth traffic light. With a range of 300 feet, even that would be overkill. If and when that happens, your car's position can be tracked throughout every square inch of your home town.

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CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 08-18-05: The Catch-up Edition
Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
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A Note from Katherine Albrecht

There hasn't been a newsletter in several months, but for a very good
reason. I've been working with my co-author Liz McIntyre to finish our
upcoming book Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to
Track Your Every Move With RFID (Nelson Current/2005). It's an explosive
expose that tells everything we know about RFID and offers up some new,
never-before-published information that will prove in the companies' own
words their unsavory plans to monitor everything on earth and all of
humanity. It's due out in the major bookstores October 4, 2005. We'll
send out an email reminder when it's available so you can buy this
must-have book.

Many thanks to Sunni Maravillosa for all her help in producing the
newsletter over the past year while I've been working on the book. She
will be refocusing her energy on her very successful website, Sunni's
Salon, at www.endervidualism.com/salon/ and her blog at
www.sunnimaravillosa.com. Starting with this "catch-up" edition,
CASPIAN's Communications Director Liz McIntyre and I will bring you the
latest in supermarket surveillance news and RFID misdeeds.

CATCH-UP NEWS:
1- CASPIAN warns of CVS loyalty card security hole
2- Levi-Strauss tags jeans in Mexico with RFID
3- AMEX and retailers tout spychipped payment cards
4- Ex-Bush cabinet member joins VeriChip board
5- Spychipped kids' pajamas
6- Texas A & M University tagging student uniforms
7- UK union workers say "no way" to RFID
8- RFID license plates to be tested in the UK
9- Homeland Security launches RFID checkpoints
10- United Airlines employees get spychipped passports
11- Gov't official uses CVS cards to justify more snooping
12- Cleveland Museum of Art to track visitors with RFID

OLDER NEWS:
1- Federal agency warns of RFID privacy risk
2- The mobile parking spy
3- Library requires fingerprint to use computers
4- RFID marketing hits Seattle
5- We got National ID
6- US and Britain to share ID card technology
7- Tesco wants to sell you a house -- and bury you, too
8- Scales that phone home
9- New microphones listen in on London
10- RFID added to Oxford dictionary

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE:
1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off
3- Member Corner

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CASPIAN WARNS OF CVS LOYALTY CARD SECURITY HOLE
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Consumers using the CVS ExtraCare cards to buy health-related items
could have been offering up their purchase details to co-workers, family
members and even their mechanics and valets. Anybody with access to the
ExtraCare loyalty card number dangling from someone's keychain, the
first three letters of the person's last name, and their zip code could
peer into over a year's worth of CVS purchases.

CASPIAN revealed the security hole by asking volunteer reporters to sign
up for a CVS ExtraCare card and purchase health-related items. Then we
asked only for the reporters' card numbers and zip codes. Armed with
that information we accessed the CVS website and had a list of their
purchases sent to a temporary email account we had set up for the
purchase.

In each case, CVS responded within 24 hours, sending us lists detailing
purchases of sensitive items like Trojan Twisted Pleasure condoms, a
home pregnancy test kit, and enema kits. Information in the emails
included products purchased, date of purchase, price paid, and UPC
numbers. An example email is posted at our website at
http://www.nocards.org/press/images/cvs-email.jpg.

CVS was offering the purchase histories so consumers could prove their
over-the-counter medical product purchases qualified for a federal tax
program. Qualifying purchases can be reimbursed through a so-called
flexible spending account, or FSA. However, CVS made the information
available on every ExtraCare cardholder, whether they requested the
service or not. The demonstration not only pointed out CVS's lax
security, but showed how the pharmacy chain is collecting massive
amounts of information on people through it's ExtraCare card.

CVS shut down its email program for several days so it could improve its
security, but not before reporters had a field day. The story was
covered in over 100 media outlets, including CNN, the Boston Globe, the
Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

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LEVI-STRAUSS TAGS JEANS IN MEXICO WITH RFID
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Levi-Strauss quietly started an item-level RFID pilot at one of its
stores outside of Mexico City this spring with an evaluation planned for
this past July. When we caught wind of the scheme, we faxed an open
letter to senior management requesting details, but so far there has
been no response. We'll keep you posted on this development so you'll
know if it's time to say adios to your Dockers!

Source: Frontline Solutions, June 1, 2005
http://www.frontlinetoday.com/frontline/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=164014

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AMEX AND RETAILERS TOUT SPYCHIPPED PAYMENT CARDS
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American Express says don't leave home without it -- your spychipped
credit card, that is. They've started shipping out their new see-through
"Blue Card" that features a visible RFID tag inside. Already, CVS and
7-Eleven have begun installing contactless credit card readers at
checkouts in hopes customers will pay for even very small purchases by
waving their wallets or spychipped AMEX key fobs. Credit card companies
Visa and Mastercard are planning spychipped cards, too, and other
merchants, including McDonalds, Walgreens, KFC, and Regal Cinemas have
reportedly signed on to the RFID payment agenda.

We were dismayed to learn that card-free Meijer supermarkets (one of our
favorite retailers) announced Monday they will roll out contactless RFID
credit card readers to all 171 Meijers locations. Their gas pumps will
be spychip-ready early this fall. If you are a Meijer shopper, please
register your concern with the company through
http://www.meijer.com/contact/pcaform.asp or call (616) 453-6711.
(Remember to block your phone number by dialing *67 first.)

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, August 8, 2005
http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-card08.html
and
Progressive Grocer, August 16, 2005
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/progressivegrocer/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001015352

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EX-BUSH CABINET MEMBER JOINS VERICHIP BOARD
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Not long after former Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson
joined the board of VeriChip Corporation (makers of the human RFID
implant), he began touting implants for all sorts of applications. In a
July television interview, the former Wisconsin governor told CBS
MarketWatch the implant was "a giant step forward to getting what we
call an electronic medical record for all Americans." Just what we need
-- computer chips in our arms and federal oversight of our confidential
medical information. Thompson went on to describe "so many uses," even
suggesting the implant could "replace dog tags with the United States
armed forces."

After espousing the benefits of human chipping, Thompson claimed RFID
technology could help prevent infant abductions from hospitals --
feeding overblown fears about an extremely rare occurrence. Statistics
show that, on average, out of more than 4 million births per year in the
United States, 0 to 12 babies are kidnapped from U.S. hospitals
annually, and 95 percent are returned safely.

Ironically, just a few days after that interview, a well-publicized baby
"abduction" at a hospital in North Carolina was reportedly averted by
VeriChip's RFID infant protection system ankle bracelet. However, the
publicist failed to mention that the abductors were the baby's own
parents who were fearful that the hospital might take their infant from
them.

Source: Yahoo Finance, July 18, 2005
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050718/185344.html?.v=1
and
Information Week, July 19, 2005
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=166400496

Note: the Tommy Thompson video is no longer posted, but we have the
footage. We also made a transcript that is posted at our website:
www.spychips.com.

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SPYCHIPPED KIDS' PAJAMAS
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Sleepwear manufacturer Lauren Scott must be dreaming if she thinks
spychipping pajamas will keep kids safer. Her company is planning to
market PJs with RFID tags sewn into the hems on the premise they could
avert child abductions. The scheme has parents buying a SmartWear RFID
system (about $500) and installing the RFID readers in key areas of the
home, like a child's bedroom, so an alarm can sound when the spychip
laden jammies pass the reader. Target Corp. has reportedly placed an
order for the pajamas which are due out next spring.

Of course, there are predictable issues with the system, like false
alarms triggered by midnight trips to the bathroom. But that's not
stopping SmartWear. The company is also working to develop other
applications for long-range child tracking, like active RFID tags sewn
into children's outerwear.

Given how easy it would be for an abductor to simply remove the tagged
clothing items, we're wondering how long before someone suggests tagging
the kids themselves with implants.

Source: Information Week, July 18, 2005
http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=1DIYRQZX1LUI4QSNDBCCKHSCJUMEKJVN?articleID=165702816

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TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY TAGGING STUDENT UNIFORMS
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Freshmen entering Texas A & M's military Corps of Cadets this fall will
find spies in their uniforms. University workers are sewing RFID tags
into the cadets' pants, skirts, shirts and jackets to uniquely identify
each piece and register it to the student. The project and database
loaded with details of cadet garments will be overseen by the school's
RFiD2 Lab, an arm of the university's engineering department.

Source: RFID Journal, July 21, 2005
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1752/1/1/

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UK UNION WORKERS SAY "NO WAY" TO RFID
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Don't tag us! says one of the UK's largest trade unions, GMB. The Union
is demanding the European Commission ban RFID and GPS tracking of
workers, pointing to how the practice can "seriously invade [workers']
right to privacy." A GMB study shows companies are not only monitoring
work activities, but also recording worker breaks and bathroom visits.
The union charged retailers Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, and Tesco with
"dehumanizing their workforce" through these surveillance practices.

Source: Baseline, August 4, 2005
http://www.baselinemag.com/print_article2/0,1217,a=157578,00.asp

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RFID LICENSE PLATES TO BE TESTED IN THE UK
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The UK is planning to embed active (battery-powered) RFID tags in
vehicle license plates later this year as a way to monitor vehicle
compliance. The plate manufacturer, Hills Numberplates, claims "A single
reader can identify dozens of vehicles fitted with an e-Plate moving at
any speed at a distance of up to 100 metres."

Highway authorities here in the States are reportedly excited about the
possibilities. One Texas highway bureaucrat, Jerry Dike, was quoted as
enthusing, "We see tremendous advantages to the (e-Plate) for everything
from verifying registration and insurance to Amber (missing child)
Alerts."

No doubt they could find other uses for the remotely trackable plates,
as well. Once the government can identify and track individual cars,
they can track the people driving them and learn a great deal about
their habits. For example, using mobile readers, government agents could
monitor cars entering the parking lot of a political rally, identifying
those opposed to the party in power.

Sources: The Washington Times, August 12, 2005
http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20050812-082018-4885r.htm
and
Wired News, August 9, 2005
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,68429,00.html
and
e-Plate website
http://www.e-plate.com/

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HOMELAND SECURITY LAUNCHES RFID CHECKPOINTS
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The U.S. Government has begun issuing spychipped documents to visitors
crossing into the United States at five checkpoints on the Mexican and
Canadian borders. That's quite a leap for a technology we were promised
would never be used to track people.

Source: News.com, August 8, 2005
http://news.com.com/Feds+test+RFID+controls+at+U.S.+borders/2100-7348_3-5823958.html?tag=nefd.top

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UNITED AIRLINES EMPLOYEES GET SPYCHIPPED PASSPORTS
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Selected United Airlines pilots and cabin crew are participating in a
three-month trial of the new spychipped U.S. passports. The test, which
started in mid-June, includes 300 employees who make international
flights between the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. The goal
is to evaluate the readability and durability of the chips so systems
can be tweaked before being unleashed on the general public in early
2006. Time's running out to get a privacy friendly passport!

Source: Wired News, August 9, 2005
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,68451,00.html

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GOV'T OFFICAL USES CVS CARDS TO JUSTIFY MORE SNOOPING
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Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is trying to justify the
TSA's plan to collect even more information about airline passengers by
pointing to CVS ExtraCare cards. Said Chertoff, "The average American
gives information up to get a CVS (drugstore discount) card that is far
more in-depth than TSA's going to be looking at."

We agree that the CVS cards are invasive, Mr. Chertoff, but that doesn't
give the federal government the green light to get nosy, too.

Source: USA TODAY, August 10, 2005
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-08-10-chertoff-interview_x.htm

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CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART TO TRACK VISITORS WITH RFID
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The Cleveland Museum of Art plans to deploy RFID tracking technology
this October to closely observe visitors in order to better understand
how they use the museum. This move won't surprise anyone who has
reviewed the list of museum benefactors that includes notorious
spychippers like IBM, Accenture, and the Cintas uniform company.

Source: CIO Asia Magazine, August 2005
http://cio-asia.com/ShowPage.aspx?pagetype=2&articleid=2308&pubid=5&issueid=60

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FEDERAL AGENCY WARNS OF RFID PRIVACY RISK
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A recent federal government report identifies RFID privacy issues that
include "tracking an individual's movements; profiling an individual's
habits, tastes, or predilections; and allowing for secondary uses of
information." But agencies deploying RFID are apparently not too
concerned. While three of the 24 agencies surveyed acknowledged the
technology would allow for tracking employee movements, only one agency
identified "protecting an individual's right to privacy" as a concern.
This is particularly troubling since more than half of the agencies
surveyed are either using or planning to use RFID.

Report: INFORMATION SECURITY: Radio Frequency Identification Technology
in the Federal Government available at
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05551.pdf

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THE MOBILE PARKING SPY
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Government vehicles equipped with license-plate snapping camera systems
are rolling through cities like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and
Toronto, looking for scofflaws. The AutoFind License Plate Recognition
system reportedly feeds license plate information to a central database
to monitor not only the presence of vehicles, but how long they remain
parked and whether the drivers are "persons of interest."

RFID could make such invasive spy systems even more powerful. Imagine if
an RFID counterpart to the camera system could roam the streets sniffing
out RFID-enabled license plates and vehicle registration stickers? It
would work in the dark, in the rain, or at 65 miles per hour. Worse,
such a system could be turned to scan the spychipped drivers licenses
tucked in the purses and wallets of passersby.

Source: Boston Herald, May 28, 2005
http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=86797&format=text

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LIBRARY REQUIRES FINGERPRINT TO USE COMPUTERS
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If you want to use a library computer in Naperville, Illinois you'll
have to provide a fingerprint scan to verify your identity. While
investigating a lewd conduct report on a library patron, officials
discovered that other users were swapping library cards and using
passwords of friends and relatives to get online. (The nerve of those
brazen criminals!) To prevent such unauthorized anonymous or
pseudonymous web surfing, the three-library system is installing
fingerprint scanners on 130 computers, at a cost to taxpayers of over
$40,000. This will create an audit trail of computer users that can
later be accessed by law enforcement.

Here's to the 99% of other libraries across the nation that value free
access to information and encourage patrons to access the Internet
anonymously.

Source: Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2005
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/abstract/842275931.html?did=842275931&FMT=ABS&FMTS=FT&date=May+20%2C+2005&author=James+Kimberly%2C+Tribune+staff+reporter&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=Library+card%3F+Check.+Fingerprint%3F+Really%3F+%3B+Citing+security%2C+Naperville+libraries+will+make+patrons+prove+their+identities+before+using+computers.+Privacy+advocates+fear+misuse+of+the+data.

Source: LibraryJournal.com, July 15, 2005
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA622707.html

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MARKETING VIA RFID COMES TO SEATTLE
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Hey Seattle residents! Want to be spammed with personalized marketing
and advertising as you stroll around downtown? To be properly barraged,
you must rent or buy a special active RFID tag from Awarea Corp. Then,
whenever you walk within 100 feet of one of the city's six new RFID
zones, your Awarea tag will trigger overhead speakers to serve up the
kind of information most of us desperately want to escape. As a bonus,
the system also tracks your movements, giving Awarea another way to cash
in: They plan to mine information about participating consumers and sell
it to retailers.

Source: Computerworld, May 23, 2005
http://www.computerworld.com/mobiletopics/mobile/technology/story/0,10801,101951,00.html?source=NLT_PM&nid=101951

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WE GOT NATIONAL ID
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"Tuesday May 10th 2005 is the day that future historians will note as
The Day America Changed. On this date, the Senate of the United States
of America [unanimously] passed legislation that will bring about a
national ID card."

Unreal ID: The site that generated 20,000+ faxes
http://www.unrealid.com/

"Stay angry about Real ID," a message of resistance
http://www.clairewolfe.com/wolfesblog/00001399.html

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US AND BRITAIN TO SHARE ID CARD TECHNOLOGY
=====================================================================

Now that both the US and Britain have plans to impose national ID cards
on their citizens, the countries are working together to ensure that
their systems are compatible. Michael Chertoff, the newly appointed US
Secretary for Homeland Security, said, "I certainly hope we have the
same chip... It would be very bad if we all invested huge amounts of
money in biometric systems and they didn't work with each other."

Source: The Independent, May 27, 2005
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article223372.ece

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TESCO WANTS TO SELL YOU A HOUSE -- AND BURY YOU, TOO
=====================================================================

TESCO, UK's biggest retailer (and target of a CASPIAN-led boycott), will
be undercutting professional realtors by selling houses on its website
for a fee of approximately $100 U.S. dollars. (UK realtors typically
charge a standard commission of one to two percent.) Buyers register
with a credit card, browse available houses online, tour homes
virtually, and then contact the seller directly. While this may sound
good, Tesco's tentacles are beginning to reach into a few too many areas
of the British economy for our comfort.

====

"Shop 'til you drop" could take on new meaning at TESCO. Shoppers can
now prepare for their ultimate demise by putting their loyalty card
points towards funeral expenses at Dignity, TESCO's "death partner."
Dignity, another mega corporation, owns hundreds of funeral homes and
crematories across Great Britain. Sounds like the perfect partnership.

Source: Tesco Real Estate, BBC, May 17, 2005
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4554717.stm
and
The Guardian, June 25, 2005
http://money.guardian.co.uk/aforeyego/story/0,14036,1514112,00.html

Boycott site:
http://www.BoycottTesco.com

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SCALES THAT PHONE HOME
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Now everyone can know how much you weigh! A new scale will allow medical
professionals to monitor your weight remotely, Gerrye Stegall, a
clinical specialist with American Healthways, Inc., told CIO Insight.
"The devices are wireless and transmit to a phone hub. The patient
stands on the scale, the scale [data] goes to the hub, then into the
phone line, and then the nurses will look at the data." Wouldn't HMOs,
food nannies, and bureaucrats love to have this tool in every home!

Source: Scales: CIO Insight, May 11, 2005
http://www.cioinsight.com/print_article2/0,2533,a=151484,00.asp

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NEW MICROPHONES LISTEN IN ON LONDON
=====================================================================

Now that London citizens have grown accustomed to surveillance cameras
videotaping their every move, the watchers are upping the ante with
microphone-based surveillance. Seven microphones have been installed in
the Soho area of London to monitor sound. While government officials
have promised that "the microphones only activate if noise levels reach
above a certain threshold," this development is ripe for escalation.
Today the government says it wants to hear a crowd, tomorrow we're
betting they'll want to hear a whisper.

Check out the photo that goes with the story.
Keep quiet if you see one of these.

Source: Vnunet, May 4, 2005
http://www.vnunet.com/news/1162852

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"RFID" ADDED TO OXFORD DICTIONARY
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The term "RFID" will be among 2,000 new words added to the New Oxford
American Dictionary this year. Drawn from U.S. popular culture,
technology, and news headlines, the new words "reflect the
preoccupations of American culture, the times we live in, and pluralism
of our nation," according to the publisher. RFID joins other newly
recognized words such as al Qaeda, frankenfood, hate crime, supersize,
Amber alert, bluetooth, barista and reality TV.

Source: Press Release from Oxford University Press USA, May 16, 2005
http://www.prbop.com/archives/000474.shtml
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/05-16-2005/0003630257&EDATE=

via RFIDetail, May 31, 2005
http://go.rfidetail.com/

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CASPIAN IN THE NEWS
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CASPIAN founder Katherine Albrecht has been busy talking with the media.
She was interviewed by BBC radio and CBS Marketwatch to discuss the
VeriChip, reached millions of Coast-to-Coast AM radio listeners with
news about the RFID menace, and did a live one-hour program on Wisconsin
Public Radio just this week.

She was also quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Arkansas Democrat
Gazette, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, and
numerous other newspapers and trade publications. Her work was profiled
in Women's Wall Street and she did an interview in Hustler magazine.

Chips track more people, products
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Aug 12, 2005
http://www.jsonline.com/bym/news/aug05/348097.asp

Radio ID tags stir privacy concerns
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR - Aug 15, 2005

http://www.nwanews.com/story.php?paper=adg&section=Business&storyid=125036

Tiny tags in chips to track gamblers
Seattle Times, WA - May 18, 2005

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002278760_pokerchips18.html

Chase introduces no-swipe plastic Cards work with an embedded chip
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - May 19, 2005

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/05/20/CREDITCARD.TMP

You're the Shopper and the Cashier
New York Times, NY - May 3, 2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/04/technology/techspecial/04selingo.html

Holy bar code! Big Brother can watch you but he promises he won't.
Women's Wall Street - May 20, 2005
http://www.womenswallstreet.com/columns/Column.aspx?aid=869

CASPIAN's Communications Director and Spychips co-author Liz McIntyre
has also been spreading the word, with recent radio appearances on the
GCN network and WOOD radio 1300 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition,
she has been quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times and a UPI/Washington Times
story that was featured on the Drudge Report and at Newsmax. Catch Liz
live August 24 on the American Freedom Network from 9 to 10 AM CST, and
August 30 on the Republic Broadcasting Network from 11 PM to midnight
CST.

It's getting easier to wave goodbye to your money
Chicago Sun-Times, IL - Aug 8, 2005
http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-card08.html

Wireless world: chips track license plates
Washington Times, DC - Aug 12, 2005
http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20050812-082018-4885r.htm

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CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
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I am a retired 30 year elem. teacher... I desire to be informed of all
new technology surrounding us, especially when we don't even know it's
going on!! Thanks so much.
- Anonymous

Excellent site! I too have found that the cards provide no benefits, are
incredibly annoying, and definitely a privacy concern as well.
- Mark in Kalispell, Montana

I find what and where the world is headed very scary, it is amazing how
naive people are as to what is happening and what is happening to
them....I truly believe that we are very close to major happenings in
our world.
- Anonymous

The day is coming when everthing you do is documented and
recorded....It's time for us to fight back while we still can!
- Kurt S. in Urbana, IL

Where does it stop? If each item is ID'ed by RF tags then the government
can track where you are all the time, what you spend your money on, how
much you spend and the list goes on and on and on.
- Norman in Brisbane, Australia

Just wanted to let you know that a local chain (Lowes Foods) will next
month begin allowing customers to pay for groceries via fingerprint! (As
if the card wasn't bad enough.)
- Anonymous in Kernersville, KY

I am very glad I found your site. I had wanted to start something like
this for years. We have to voice our opinions.
- Brent in Hattisfield, MS

Great job! I don't want to become a tagged person. It just reminds me of
the numbers tattooed on the arms of the concentration camp victims.
- Thomas B. in Paris, France

As of now, it looks like the [Real ID/national ID] bill(hr418) has
passed through the senate and will become law... Now what choice does
the general public have? I know what I want and this is not it, but
what type of network is there out there for people, especially with
families?
- Rebecca in Nampa, ID

Thanks for the information about these stores....I am sick of this card
BS. What happened to us as people? Why do they need to know or care
about what I'm doing or what clothes I'm in?
- Anonymous in Denver, CO

Our government; our leaders; our politicians are failing us, themselves,
our forefathers, and our future. CASPIAN should be held high as national
heroes of the same degree as our revolutionary political ancestry. Thank
you for your efforts on the behalf of the millions of unknowing.
- Anonymous

I have now had a job at [the Kroger-owned, Seattle-area grocery chain]
QFC for about a month, and I am beginning to understand it a lot more.
QFC has forgotten that they have customers whom they sell food
to....Their employees and customers simply don't matter to them, so why
not take advantage.
- Anonymous

I walked out of Giant & Safeway over cards, years before I heard about
CASPIAN. It's these cards and RFID chips and everything else that make
people go off the grid, deal in cash and barter, and refuse to register
to vote....I'll be emailing Giant & Safeway after this to remind them
that I don't shop there anymore.
- Ahtnamas in Virginia

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MEMBER CORNER
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And finally, here's one that was just too funny to keep to ourselves.

Since card-imposing grocery stores promise to return shoppers' keys if
they're lost, one enterprising protester decided to test the system and
see if they'd return a HUGE keychain. Here's his story.


Dear Katherine Albrecht:

This is in regards to my idea of mailing Kroger keychains back and forth
in order to protest.... I put a massive keychain in the mail April 1st,
and just yesterday I received a call from my local Kroger saying, and I
quote, "We have your rather large keychain here in the store, if you'd
like to come pick it up." I dearly wish you could have heard the sound
of this woman's voice on the phone, but when I went in to get it there
were no questions asked, just "here's your keys."

I'm not sure how much that keychain weighed but my best guess says over
a pound. I have a picture of it you'd like to see it.... Let me know if
you have heard anything on the legality of doing this, as I would dearly
love to be able to say I've contributed to the cause.

- R.C., Wichita, KS

We've posted a picture of R.C.'s keychain at our NoCards website here:
http://www.nocards.org/images/keychain-on-steroids.jpg

Of course we're not advocating that anyone else do this, but we bet
you'll get a laugh out of the photo. Wink

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CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.nocards.org/
http://www.spychips.com/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear CASPIAN members, volunteers, and supporters,

Great news: Now there's an easy way to tell the rest of the world about
the RFID threat! Our new book, "Spychips," officially hits bookstores
today.

"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your
Every Move with RFID" has exceeded our wildest expectations.
Unbelievably, the book has already shot to the top of the Amazon
bestseller lists, ranking in the top ten in nonfiction, and a staggering
#1 in Current Events and #1 in Freedom and Security.

The book contains just the right combination of jaw-dropping scandal and
rock-solid credibility to fly off the shelves. It's also a page-turning,
riveting read that's already winning rave reviews from the critics. No
one who reads past the first few pages will be able to put it down.

If we can get this book into the hands of every person in America (and
around the world!) people will learn the ugly truth behind the corporate
spin and their eyes will be opened. The public conversation on RFID will
change dramatically. The pen is mightier than the sword -- or the
spychip, in this case -- and this book has the potential to change the
direction of our future.

Please help us catapult "Spychips" to the top of the New York Times
Bestseller List this week where it cannot be ignored.

Here's how we can do this together:

1. Buy a copy of the book as soon as possible for yourself.
Major bookstores and local independent booksellers around the
country should have copies of "Spychips" in stock. If you can't
find it locally, you can order it online from Amazon.com or
Barnes & Noble. If everyone on our mailing list buys just one
book in the next day or so, that alone could put it on the brink
of NYT Bestseller status.

Here's the link to buy our book on Amazon.com:
http://tinyurl.com/8m22c

2. For dedicated members who are blessed with resources, we ask
that you buy at least one additional copy (or as many as you can
afford) to share with someone who needs to know this
information. "Spychips" would make a great Christmas or birthday
present for just about anyone. It's a fascinating read, and
we've added our usual style to make it fun and engaging.
(There's even a talking plant and a section featuring Elvis!)

3. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors, church members,
and co-workers about the book. Encourage them to buy one or more
copies this week. One supportive member has even bought several
extra copies to re-sell to the customers of his hardware store
at cost. It's a great conversation starter to have a stack of
books on the counter!

4. If you want your lawmakers to know you are concerned about
how RFID will impact our country, consider buying copies for
them, too. Please send a note along with your book to let them
know how much their constituents care.

At CASPIAN, we have never asked our members (or anyone else) for
monetary contributions since our founding in 1999. Many of you have
asked how you might support us as we battle consumer surveillance around
the world, and we now have the answer: Please help us get the word out
to as many people as possible. Buy as many copies of Spychips as you can
afford, and distribute them far and wide.

Following my signature, I'm pasting in an excerpt from the foreword to
the book written by bestselling author Bruce Sterling to whet your
appetite.

Roll up your sleeves, it's time to tell the world what we know!

Thank you and God Bless,

Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director of CASPIAN

P.S. In addition to great reviews, "Spychips" has already won the
prestigious Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of
Liberty. And not only does "Spychips" contain crucial information
everyone should know about the surveillance agenda headed our way, it's
also "extremely readable," according to the critics. Here's just one
taste of what people are saying:


"Brilliantly written — so scary and depressing I want to put it down,
so full of fascinating vignettes and facts that I can't put it down."

– Freedom activist and author Claire Wolfe

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Forward to "Spychips"
The Futurist Muckrakers by Bruce Sterling

[Excerpt]

Everybody has a role in the RFID industry, because, as this remarkable
book makes clear, we're not offered any choice about it. If you've never
heard of RFIDs or "spychips," it would be quite a good idea to read this
book pretty soon. It's very topical.

If you have any direct role within the RFID industry, then you need to
read this book instantly. Hurry. Waste not another precious moment. You
won't like this book. Spychips will hurt your feelings. You will blush,
and itch, and sweat, and drum your heels, and perhaps tear entire
chapters out with squalls of rage, to see a work about your industry
which is so jaundiced, and uncharitable, and unflinchingly suspicious,
and which makes so much effective, highly damaging, public fun at your
expense. So read it, and make all your co-workers read it. You will
learn a host of painful, valuable things in a hurry. For you, it may not
yet be too late....

This book is the most exciting book about RFID ever written. This is the
one RFID book that every RFID enthusiast must own. Not because the book
is enthusiastic about the new technology -- but because it's full of
passionate, stinging contempt. It's like watching Big Brother come home
and get a rolling pin broken over his head by Mrs. Big Brother, who
knows that, even though he thinks he's everybody's daddy, he's a
stalker, and a voyeur, and a crook, and a cheat, and drunk on his own
ego, and a handwashing, sniveling deadbeat who ought to be ashamed of
himself.

[I]n its own dainty, feminine, rapier-tongued way, this is a masterpiece
of technocriticism. The nascent RFID industry is not Big Brother. Not
yet, anyhow. Instead, it is a giant toddler whose supermarket diapers
are already richly soiled. It's sure got a mighty ton of dirty laundry
for a baby still that small, and in Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre,
the RFID industry has found a hardworking pair who'll willingly scrub
that laundry, name and number every stain, and then pin it out to dry.

These two unique individuals, the Lone Ranger and Tonto of the RFID
frontier, are the nightmare scenario for the computerized retail
superstore of tomorrow: because they're the computerized super female
consumer advocates of tomorrow. And boy have they ever got their
industry's number. They've got all two-to-the-96th-power digits of it.

To understand what species of book this is, let me offer a historical
analogy. Imagine yourself cruising along in the 1950s chemical industry,
happily patenting and spreading potent toxins. Then this searching,
thoughtful female journalist, Rachel Carson, who doesn't even have a
chemistry degree, comes out of nowhere. A classic popular muckraker, Ms.
Carson points out to a shocked public that you're killing not just the
mosquitoes but all the pretty butterflies and birds. She writes Silent
Spring, and it's so influential and damning, that even your own kids
decide you must be nuts. That's also what's happening here....

[W]e're seeing a violent collision of two models here: two loud,
flamboyant, irrepressible Internet activists, researching and
publicizing the secretive, business-confidential Internet of Things.
Anybody who can create that leak between the worlds is gonna get justly
famous, and Katherine Albrecht (judging by Google and the hundreds of
journalists she has briefed), is already, by far, the most famous RFID
expert in the whole wide world. She thinks RFID is an evil crock, but
she's sure got a lot to say about it -- all of it is fascinating, some
is gross and revolting, and practically all of it hilarious.

This is the first, and maybe the loudest, popular book on a crucial
technology of our times. It's not the full or final story -- it's a
futurist book, in anticipation of the story -- but history will treat
this book kindly.

[snip]

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CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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