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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE RFID HACKING UNDERGROUND
They can steal your smartcard, lift your passport, jack your car,
even clone the chip in your arm. And you won't feel a thing. 5 tales
from the RFID-hacking underground.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=11291
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: WISCONSIN BANS FORCED HUMAN RFID CHIPPING Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2006

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

Civil libertarians cheered yesterday upon news that Wisconsin Governor
Jim Doyle signed a law making it a crime to require an individual to be
implanted with a microchip. Activists and authors Katherine Albrecht and
Liz McIntyre joined the celebration, predicting this move will spell
trouble for the VeriChip Corporation, maker of the VeriChip human
microchip implant.

The VeriChip is a glass encapsulated Radio Frequency Identification tag
that is injected into the flesh to uniquely number and identify people.
The tag can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves from up to a
foot or more away, right through clothing. The highly controversial
device is also being marketed as a way to access secure areas, link to
medical records, and serve as a payment device when associated with a
credit card.

"We're not even aware of anyone attempting to forcibly implant
microchips into people," says Albrecht. "That lawmakers felt this
legislation was necessary indicates a growing concern that the company's
product could pose a serious threat to the public down the road."

Although the company emphasizes that its chip is strictly voluntary,
recent statements suggest this could easily change. VeriChip Chairman of
the Board Scott Silverman has been promoting the VeriChip as a partial
solution to immigration concerns, proposing it as a way to register
guest workers, verify their identities as they cross the border, and "be
used for enforcement purposes at the employer level." He told
interviewers on the Fox News Channel that the company has "talked to
many people in Washington about using it."

The company has also confirmed it has been in talks with the Pentagon
about replacing military dog tags with VeriChip implants.

Wisconsin's anti-human-chipping law comes at a particularly bad time for
VeriChip Corporation because it has an initial public offering of its
stock in the works, McIntyre observes. "The company has been losing
millions of dollars and has been counting on public acceptance to stem
its losses and prove its future. The people have spoken. They don't want
RFID devices in their flesh, and we expect other states will join
Wisconsin in prohibiting forced chipping."

Albrecht and McIntyre have dogged the VeriChip Corporation, revealing
medical and security flaws in its human chip and warning about its
serious privacy and civil liberties downsides in their book "Spychips:
How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with
RFID."

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

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your
Every Move with RFID" (Nelson Current) was released in October 2005.
Already in its fifth printing, "Spychips" is the winner of the 2006
Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has
received wide critical acclaim. Authored by Harvard doctoral researcher
Katherine Albrecht and former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is
meticulously researched, drawing on patent documents, corporate source
materials, conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a
convincing -- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

The Spanish-language version of the book, titled "Chips Espias," will be
available in bookstores in the Americas and Spain starting June 6, 2006.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Katherine Albrecht (kma at spychips.com) 877-287-5854 ext. 1
or
Liz McIntyre (liz at spychips.com) 877-287-5854 ext. 2

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

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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
The company has also confirmed it has been in talks with the Pentagon
about replacing military dog tags with VeriChip implants.


This brings in a ery easy way to target RFIDed tropss with smart mines that when trigered they pulse and if rfid scanned than blow if no rfid than reset.

smart gernades that don,t blow if no rfid presant. and wait till rfid is.

smart anti persanel missels tthat target heat than pluse rf and aim at and blow if rfid presant. and the list goes on......

what a way to make them easy targets!!!!!

small airel bombs that aim for unque rfid of ground target.

rfid homeing morters.

smart bombs that onlt target nco,s and above.

this would make the suposed prsision strikes in the gulf seem like childs play.
this is such a dumb idea bush will go for it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2006

SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES WARNED ABOUT RFID
"Spychips" Translation Released Today

A Spanish-language version of the award-winning book "Spychips: How
Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with
RFID" is being released today in Latin American countries, including
Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Chile. The inital distribution
will be to Christian bookstores, with general distribution to follow
later this summer. The controversial work about the downsides of Radio
Frequency Identification was originally published in English by American
authors Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a controversial technology that
uses tiny microchips to track everyday objects, animals, and even people
from a distance. These RFID microchips have earned the nickname
"spychips" because each contains a unique identification number, like a
Social Security number for things, that can be read silently and
invisibly by radio waves.

"It is very important that we get the word out to Latin America," says
McIntyre. "The RFID industry has been targeting Hispanic people with
this technology, believing they are not as informed about its dangers
for privacy and civil liberties. We hope that making 'Spychips' broadly
available in Spanish will sound the alarm."

McIntyre points to trials of the technology that have been taking place
in Mexico as an example of how Latin Americans have been used as human
guinea pigs by U.S. companies to test this new technology. One case in
point is the Levi-Strauss company, maker of Levi's and Dockers brand
clothing. The company started tagging garments in a franchise store near
Mexico City last year and expanded its trials to two stores there
earlier this year.

Latin America has also been eyed as a target for human-implantable RFID
chips marketed by the VeriChip Corporation. In 2004, employees in the
Mexican Attorney General's office were implanted to access secure areas,
and recently there has been talk of chipping Latin Americans who wish to
work in the United States.

President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia said he would consider chipping
Colombian citizens who seek employment in the United States. Reportedly,
the VeriChip Corporation has been in talks with Washington about how its
chip could be used to register guest workers, verify their identities as
they cross the border, and be used for enforcement purposes at the
employer level.

"The problem with RFID is that it is tracking technology, plain and
simple," Albrecht warns. "The industry is trying to downplay the dangers
and create incentives to spread spychips around the world. Once
Spanish-speakers read our book and realize big companies and governments
want to use this technology to track them in public places and control
their movements, we believe they will say 'no' to RFID."

Albrecht adds that she expects many Hispanics will connect implantable
RFID technology to biblical prophesies that warn against marking and
numbering human beings. "Many people in Latin America are devout
Christians who will see this as much more than a privacy and civil
liberties concern."

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your
Every Move with RFID" (Nelson Current) was released in October 2005.
Already in its fifth printing, "Spychips" is the winner of the 2006
Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has
received wide critical acclaim.

Authored by Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and former bank
examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched. "Spychips"
draws on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference
proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing -- and
frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

The Spanish-language version of the book, titled "Chips Espias," is
available in Latin American countries, including Mexico, Colombia,
Panama, Venezuela, and Chile. The initial distribution will be to
Christian bookstores, with general distribution to follow in these
countries and in Spain later this summer.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Katherine Albrecht (kma at spychips.com) 877-287-5854 ext. 1
or
Liz McIntyre (liz at spychips.com) 877-287-5854 ext. 2
or
Claudia Duncan, Grupo Nelson Publicist
(cduncan at thomasnelson.com) 615-902-1871

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

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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: Sun Jun 11, 2006 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2006

SPYCHIPS CO-AUTHOR ADDS HER VOICE TO "NO NATIONAL ID" MOVEMENT
Dr. Katherine Albrecht to address Christian rally

Consumer privacy expert Dr. Katherine Albrecht will be a featured
speaker at the No National ID rally in Dallas, Texas this weekend. The
event, hosted by Endtime Ministries, is expected to draw 5,000 to 8,000
attendees.

The rally is being organized in response to the REAL ID Act, federal
legislation that mandates standardized driver's licenses for all
Americans by 2008. Under the plan, a REAL ID compliant driver's license
will be needed to board a plane, open a bank account, or enter a
federal building. Critics have called it a de facto national ID card.

The plan has drawn widespread criticism from civil libertarians,
citizens groups, and religious leaders across the political spectrum. In
addition to Endtime Ministries, other opposition voices include the
ACLU, the conservative CATO Institute, the Presbyterian Church, the
Jewish Labor Committee, and the American Friends Service Committee
(Quakers), to name just a few.

Endtime Ministries is encouraging Americans to take the No National ID
pledge on its website, http://www.NoNationalID.com. Concerned citizens
who have taken the "No National ID Pledge" vow they will not knowingly
vote for any politician who does not commit to the repeal of the Real ID
Act.

The original goal for the pledge was 10,000 commitments. "Already, that
goal has been vastly exceeded," says Endtime's Craig Treadwell, director
of the campaign. "We have received over 20,000 pledges so far, and more
continue to pour in each day. This is truly a hot button issue for the
Christian community."

Albrecht cautions that a de facto national ID card will not only lay the
foundations for a police state, but the consolidation of sensitive data
will put citizens at risk of identity theft, create a bureacratic
nightmare, and cost a fortune.

"America has always been a free country," says Albrecht. "This is not a
totalitarian regime where authorities can demand 'Your papers, please'
of its citizens. We have to put a stop to the encroaching police state
while we still can."

The No National ID rally will take place at the Garland Special Events
Center this Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 6:00 pm. The event is free to the
public.

Albrecht will speak on privacy issues related to identification
technologies and will hold a book signing after the event.

For more information call: 972.530.0100 or visit:
http://www.EndtimeDallasConference.com

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

About Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.

Dr. Katherine Albrecht is a consumer privacy expert who regularly speaks
to audiences across Europe and North America on the impact of new
technologies, with an emphasis on RFID and retail issues. She is the
co-author, along with Liz McIntyre, of the award-winning "Spychips: How
Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your Every Move with
RFID" and "The Spychips Threat," a Christian version of the book.
Katherine is the head of CASPIAN, a 13,000 member grass-roots consumer
privacy group she founded in 1999. She holds a Doctorate in Education
from Harvard University, with a research emphasis in consumer privacy
and psychology.

See: www.spychips.com and www.nocards.org
========================================

A personal note to our subscribers: To celebrate my recent graduation
(see: http://www.spychips.com/blog/2006/06/dr_albrecht_finally.html) I
will be taking a break from email until the end of June. I will be
unable to personally reply to messages until then.

I hope to see you in Dallas!

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


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Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

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

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The noose is getting tighter!!!

FDA RULING A BOOST FOR RFID
A new rule requiring tracking of drugs from factory to pharmacy could
create business opportunities for technology firms from chip makers to
database software.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=11481
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HOW TO BUILD A LOW-COST, EXTENDED-RANGE RFID SKIMMER
Radio-Frequency Identifier (RFID) technology, using the ISO-14443
standard, is becoming increasingly popular, with applications like
credit-cards, national-ID cards, E-passports, and physical access
control.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=11511

And hackers are building their own for scanning cards at up to 100+ feet!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PEOPLE-CHIPPING TECH CLONED BY HACKERS
Hackers demonstrated how to clone a copy of an human-implanted RFID
chip at a hacking conference this week. The demonstration goes
against claims from people-chipping firm VeriChip that its
technology, the subject of the experiment, can uniquely identify an
individual.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=11849
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: Wow! I have been talking about this for years... Reply with quote

Hey guys, cool topic and something near and dear to my heart!

Your last post is dead on the money suzi. RFID and chips will certainly replace paper money and credit cards. People will demand this new technology, and the resulting total loss of freedom. Here is why they will demand it and why it is inevitible in my opinion. BTW there are already multiple entities that use embeded microships to control human access to secured areas...


1) Convenience: While at Disneyland (or any place that charges for entry) you normally stand in a line to gain entrance. With RFID/microchip technology you can simply walk through a scanner and your bank account can be charged the price of admission with no interaction from anyone. This is the same thing that will occur at the store when you buy gorceries or other items. The scanner you walk through will note every item in your cart/area and charge your bank account instantly. No lines, no checkers, just maybe one employee for security at the door.

2) Money: Stores, parks, theatres, musems, concerts, sporting events, etc. etc. will no longer have to pay to produce tickets, pay salaries to people anywhere in the ticket selling, designing, collecting chain, nor will they have to pay store clerks or cashiers. The only staff a store would need would be simple customer support and even that would be greatly reduced because you would never need to ask them where an item was located or what they had in stock. RFID and a kiosk is all the interaction you would need to do all of your shopping.

3) Security: Although there is a law (in I think one US state) which prohibts mandatory microshipping of people, it will be overturned. The use of RFID will allow governments to accurately track and monitor ALL of their citizens. No one will be able to buy or sell without a chip, so the potential for rebellion or refusal is quite low, especially with all of the benifits people will choose to see. Monitoring of citizens will allow for drastically improved law enforcement and a guarantee to EVERY parent that their children will be found if they are ever taken or lost. Who could say no to that? For law enforcement determining who was responsible for a crime would be as simple as determining who was in the area at the time.

4) Health: Great headway has been made in the creating of chips that allow for a great deal of biological health monitoring. Heart rate, blood pressure, and many other factors can be monitored constantly in real time with these chips. This information would be life saving coupled with global postioning RFID location technology. No more lost hikers, no more seniors left to die alone because they simply fell down, no more illegal drug usage... ever.

You know technology and what it can do, so just sit back and think of all of the things this RFID/chip technology will do when we make use of its full capacity. The only downside is that once it reaches its full potential freedom will cease to exist. No freedom of assembly as there will never be a chance for a group to meet without approval, no freedom of movement, no freedom to break the law without a 100% chance of being caught.. everything that will be done will be allowed by the laws and will of the society controlling the technology. Sounds like SciFi to me... I don't like the idea of it, but I personally see it as a natural progression not a conspiracy or plot. I think the common person on the street will demand this path of progression of technology, and if that is the case then that is the way it should be. Did someone once say that Democracy leads to Dictatorships or something like that? I'm not that up on that kind of stuff, but I did read 1984 and Animal Farm... Maybe I am just warped, but it all seems pretty obvious and logical to me Idea

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so you enjoy having no freedom even the wrong type of thinking can get you in trouble with many countries.

you wish to be a cattle and mindless then wellcome the rfid chip.


your all being brain washed into thinking its ok educations not about learning but about making you think like some one else wants.
and they are educating you quite well.

so it convenient to lose your fredoms.
we the sheeple....
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2006

AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS DENIES RFID USE
Crisis PR Firm Disavows Incriminating Video on Eve of Major Conference

On the eve of a major RFID apparel and footwear conference, privacy
activists are asking questions about an Orwellian industry video
presentation depicting the use of Radio Frequency Identification at an
American Eagle Outfitters store. The animated video, created by
technology integrator CompEx Inc., depicts how a retailer could embed
the controversial technology into clothing and credit cards to secretly
identify and track consumers--even deliver targeted marketing messages.

"American Eagle Outfitters has assured us that it is not using RFID in
its stores or operations, and we applaud them for that. But consumers
need to know that this technology exists and what it could mean for
them. We have documentation showing that other companies are looking
closely at these types of invasive applications," said Liz McIntyre and
Katherine Albrecht, co-authors of "Spychips: How Major Corporations and
Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID."

The video shows a consumer walking into an American Eagle Outfitters
store, being remotely identified through the American Eagle Outfitters
credit card in his pocket, and purchasing items with RFID tags hidden in
the store's branded clothing. The graphic footage concludes with a
full-facial biometric scan conducted through a pinhole camera at
checkout.

The animated flash clip is posted on the authors' website at:
http://www.spychips.com/RFIDclothingstoredemo.html

Although the footage was created in 2002, its disclosure yesterday had
an immediate impact on senior management at American Eagle Outfitters.
McIntyre says that within minutes of sending the video clip to an
executive at American Eagle, she received a call from Ed Nebb, senior
director of investor relations and crisis communications at Berns
Communications Group. He issued the following statement:

"American Eagle currently does not use any RFID systems, either in
supply chain management, consumer credit card or loyalty programs, or
anywhere else within our operations. We highly value and respect our
customers' privacy. The fact that a vendor may have offered a system
demonstration should not be interpreted as an intention on our part to
adopt such a system in the future."

CompEx Inc. President Aram Kovach, who developed the video, told
McIntyre that American Eagle Outfitters had requested the RFID
demonstration. "They asked us to come out," he said, explaining that the
executives later traveled to Kovach's office in Ohio to see a working
prototype.

The RFID tracking capability depicted in the video is feasible. "It
worked," Kovach said. "All of these things can be done." But he noted
that the cost of the tags was a big barrier to adoption.

McIntyre and Albrecht worry that companies deterred by cost issues may
be reviving such plans now that the price of tags has dropped below the
$.08-cent range.

They point to the RFID Apparel and Footwear Conference to be held at New
York's Fashion Institute of Technology next week as a reason for
concern. The event, co-sponsored by RFID Journal and the American
Apparel and Footwear Association, promises "to show you how RFID can
uniquely benefit the apparel and footwear industry." However, unlike
past RFID events, where members of the press were welcomed, the
promotional literature for the conference states:

"The entire conference is off limits to the press, so you can be sure
you'll get candid insider insight that you can't hear anywhere else."

"It's clear that implementing RFID in apparel and footwear is being
discussed behind closed doors," said Albrecht. "Our concern is that the
companies working to integrate RFID into clothing operations are keeping
their plans from the public. A case in point is Levi Strauss, which is
selling clothes with RFID hang tags attached, but refusing to disclose
the test location."

The pair is asking the conference sponsors to explain the need for
secrecy at their event. "What is it they're discussing that they don't
want the press to know?" Albrecht asks. "The press restriction is
obviously not designed to keep proprietary information from industry
competitors, since any apparel or footwear company can attend the event
at a discounted rate. Clearly, excluding the press is an attempt to
prevent the public from learning about the industry's plans to use RFID
tracking devices in clothing."

Albrecht and McIntyre have posted a promotional email for the conference
that specifies the press restriction at:
http://www.spychips.com/RFIDApparelandFootwearConference.html

=====================================================================
ABOUT "SPYCHIPS"

Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht are the authors of "Spychips: How
Major Corporations Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID." The book
draws on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference
proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing -- and
frightening -- picture of the consumer privacy threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

Two days prior to its release in 2005, "Spychips" flew the top of the
Amazon bestseller charts, hitting number one as a "Mover & Shaker,"
making its way to the top-ten Nonfiction bestseller list, and spending
weeks as a Current Events bestseller. In a nod to the book's focus on
freedom, Spychips was awarded the prestigious Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and named "the year's best book on
liberty."





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Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

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

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2006

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

RFID-laced passports may be just the start of an Orwellian airport
experience, warn privacy advocates and authors Katherine Albrecht and
Liz McIntyre as the nation braces for a rollout of the controversial
technology in passports this week.

They point to a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
concept video created by CompEx Inc. that shows how citizens can be
tracked and monitored throughout an airport terminal -- without their
knowledge or consent.

The animated flash clip is posted on the authors' website at:
http://www.spychips.com/RFIDairport.html

In the video, citizen "Bob" is remotely identified and tracked via Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID) devices as he enters an airport and
navigates to his gate. The video ends with chilling frames of a
government agent surreptitiously scanning Bob and his belongings as he
sits in the waiting area.

CompEx Inc. President Aram Kovach, who developed the film as a demo for
the TSA, received a U.S. Patent for the idea he calls "Method for
Tracking and Processing Passengers and their Transported Articles" in
November of 2005. According to company press releases, TSA officials
entertained his ideas twice, once in 2002 and once in 2003, and "offered
to direct CompEx in pursuing a segmented objective within the guidelines
they have set forth."

"This footage raises the specter of Soviet-style government surveillance
creeping onto our free soil," said McIntyre. "People need to know that
our government has actively considered these disturbing and invasive
RFID concepts. With RFID now appearing in our passports, the threat to
our privacy and civil liberties may be more than theoretical."

"RFID passports will do little to keep us safer," Albrecht added. "On
the contrary, by requiring us to carry RFID tags in our travel
documents, the government is jeopardizing our personal information while
doing little to slow down the bad guys."

The new passports are vulnerable to hacking and cloning by criminals.
Last week at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, German
researcher Lukas Grunwald showed how easily a criminal or terrorist
could clone RFID tags like those in U.S. passports using inexpensive and
readily available hardware.

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ABOUT "SPYCHIPS"

Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht are the authors of "Spychips: How
Major Corporations Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID." The book
draws on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference
proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing -- and
frightening -- picture of the consumer privacy threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

Two days prior to its release in 2005, "Spychips" flew the top of the
Amazon bestseller charts, hitting number one as a "Mover & Shaker,"
making its way to the top-ten Nonfiction bestseller list, and spending
weeks as a Current Events bestseller. In a nod to the book's focus on
freedom, Spychips was awarded the prestigious Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and named "the year's best book on
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:22 pm    Post subject: Red Alert! Cry Havoc and let loose the chickens of PANIC!!! Reply with quote

It just so happens that I am not just one of the people who can see where all of this is headed and how bad it is, I am also part of the industry making it all happen... Shocked
So, here is the latest proof that this is painfully unavoidable and people are shockingly ignorant and willing to give up not only their freedom, but their CHILDREN... How very, very sad...

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2008340,00.asp?kc=EWENTEMNL082506EOAD

Now these children can be found, cataloged, tracked, and monitored at least until they are old enough to demand the return of their freedom and privacy. However, at this current pace of adoption, it is highly likely that more robust models of these chips will be mandatory by the time they are old enough to regret having them... No government or entity can ever give us more safety, they can only place us under more control... I, for one, favor freedom above all else. If we are not free, then what are we? Sad

BTW
I will be attending several RFID webinar and events this year. I will share the bad news here or with anyone that wants to hear it... especially those who want to spread it.
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I will be attending several RFID webinar and events this year. I will share the bad news here or with anyone that wants to hear it... especially those who want to spread it.

please do share it. might help me see a chink in their armor.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2006

"SPYCHIPS" PAPERBACK RELEASED BY PENGUIN/PLUME THIS WEEK
Authors Predict Public Backlash as RFID Plans Reach Consumers En Masse

As the Penguin/Plume paperback version of the award-winning book
"Spychips" hits bookstores this week, the authors are anticipating an
intensified consumer backlash against companies like Procter & Gamble
and Wal-Mart. "You can't read the offensive corporate schemes revealed
in this book and not be infuriated with them," say authors Katherine
Albrecht and Liz McIntyre.

The eye-opening work about the downsides of Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) has already shaken the industry and prompted
legislative initiatives worldwide. Now that a newly updated version is
being distributed by a division of Penguin, the second-largest
English-language trade book publisher in the world, it will circulate to
an even larger audience.

RFID is a controversial technology that uses tiny microchips to track
everyday objects, animals, and even people from a distance. These RFID
microchips have earned the nickname "spychips" because each contains a
unique identification number, like a Social Security number for things,
that can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves.

"We've caught major companies red-handed proposing uses for the
technology that most people would find frightening and abhorrent," say
the authors. "We combed over 30,000 documents in putting this book
together, and the evidence is airtight. They can't deny the patent
applications on file at the United States Patent and Trademark Office,
and they can't retract their own words."

Revelations in the book include IBM’s “PERSON TRACKING UNIT” that can
remotely scan the contents of women's purses and track unwitting members
of the public through RFID-tagged objects they are wearing and carrying.
IBM suggests that marketers and government agents could use the device
to scan people in places like retail stores, libraries, theaters,
elevators, and even public restrooms. Other companies like Procter &
Gamble, Phillips, NCR, and Bank of America are also implicated in
"Spychips" through public documents that detail their own people
tracking plans.

The book's social impact has been likened to that of Rachel Carson's
"Silent Spring," which alerted a generation to the dangers of unbridled
pesticide use. "Spychips" has earned critical acclaim and garnered a
passionate following in privacy and civil liberties circles. Now its
backing by Penguin/Plume and its availability in a low-cost paperback
edition will take it to the next level of public awareness.

SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every
Purchase and Watch Your Every Move
Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre
On-Sale: September 26th, 2006/Price: $15.00/ISBN: 0-452-28766-9
A Plume Original Trade Paperback

Visit Plume on the web at www.penguin.com

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ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips" is the winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical
acclaim. Authored by recent Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and
former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched.
"Spychips" draws on patent documents, corporate source materials,
conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing
-- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

“A chilling story about an emerging future in which spychips run amok as
Big Brother and Big Shopkeeper invade our privacy in unprecedented
ways.”
- Chicago Tribune

“Paints a 1984-ish picture of how corporations would like to use RFID
tags to keep tabs on you.”
- The Associated Press

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Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally
renowned Penguin Group, the second-largest English-language trade book
publisher in the world. Penguin Group (USA) publishes under a wide range
of prominent imprints and trademarks, including Plume, one of the
pre-eminent trade paperback imprints.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you or anyone else wawa, be interested in some links to actual manufacturers of this stuff? My last issue of Electronic Design seemed to have a bunch more than usual (even though there were no articles on RFID).

Just thought I'd offer.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had in pages farther back posted link to a few of their sites and articles.
but they all say about the same propaganda about how beneficiall they are(ya right to them and totalitarianism) but sometimes they give out complete specs to a new twist such as all frequencies. this can come in handy for poking holes in them and finding new ways to spoof these rfid tags.

so if you see some that lead to any thing interesting please go ahead and post some!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One I have handy just now is Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems
http://www.melexis.com/

I agree with all the points you made, but its often instructive to study the enemy, so to speak. As for the propaganda aspect, what would ya expect? lol Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were 4 other references to RFID products in this issue: 3 in a sidebar, News In Brief: RFID, and one in New Products.

For the first three, the blurbs and links follow:

Quote:
A Water-based conductive printing ink technology from Acheson Electronic Materials provides manufacturers of RFID antennas with many production and performance advantages [...]
http://www.achesonindustries.com/ (more info).

Quote:
Atmel's ATA5567 small-sized 330-bit r/w transponder IDIC with unique ID is optimised [...]
http://www.atmel.com/

Quote:
G2 Microsystems is working with Microsoft to deliver a low-cost RFID and sensing system. [...]
http://www.g2microsystems.com/

The last on in New Products blurbed as follows:

Quote:
Partnership Leads to RFID Antenna Developments
describes developments as a result of a business partnership... ED Online reference 13394 ( http://www.electronicdesign.com/ ) and the links to the two individual companies: Paralec Inc., http://www.paralec.com/ ; Hyan Microelectronics Co. Ltd. http://www.hyanlable.com.cn/

dats it 4 now; hope they are useful

btw, the last link did not seem to work for me, here; I dbl-chkd the spelling and it is correct (typo?) not sure.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that liquid material they really can print a cercut with it. a full fledged rfid tag printed as cheap as printing a news paper.

CALIFORNIA MULLS RFID PRIVACY LAW
California is on the brink of introducing privacy laws to safeguard
personal data stored on radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in
government-issued documents and identification cards.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=12433
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2006

CONSUMER WATCHDOGS DEMAND RECALL OF SPYCHIPPED CREDIT CARDS
CASPIAN Advises Consumers to Immediately Remove Cards from Wallets

Consumer watchdog group CASPIAN is demanding a recall of millions of
RFID-equipped contactless credit cards in light of serious security
flaws reported today in the New York Times. The paper reports that a
team of security researchers has found that virtually every one of these
cards tested is vulnerable to unauthorized charges and puts consumers at
risk for identity theft.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a controversial technology that
uses tiny microchips to transmit information at a distance. These RFID
microchips have earned the nickname "spychips" because the data they
contain can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves without an
individual's knowledge or consent. The technology has long been the
target of criticism by privacy and civil liberties groups.

"For these financial institutions to put RFID in credit cards, one of
the most sensitive items we carry, is absolute lunacy," said Dr.
Katherine Albrecht, founder and director of CASPIAN, a consumer group
with over 12,000 members in 30 countries worldwide.

Researchers are showing how a thief could skim information from the
cards right through purses, backpacks and wallets. This information
includes the cardholder's name, credit card number, expiration date and
other data that would be sufficient to make unauthorized purchases. They
say the information could even be used to identify and track people, a
scenario Albrecht and co-author Liz McIntyre lay out in their book,
"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your
Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move."

Despite earlier assurances by the issuing companies that the data
contained in the credit cards would be secure, researchers found that
the majority of cards they tested did not use encryption or protect the
data in any way. The information on them was readily available to
unauthorized parties using equipment that could be assembled for as
little as $50, the researchers said.

"We cautioned companies against using item-level RFID, and they didn't
heed us. Now the credit card industry is facing an unprecedented PR and
financial disaster," says McIntyre, who is also a former bank examiner.
She points to the astronomical cost to replace the cards, not to mention
the potential financial losses, litigation expenses, and erosion of
consumer trust.

Albrecht and McIntyre are calling on the industry to issue a public
alert detailing the dangers of the cards they've issued, institute an
active recall, and make safe versions without RFID available to
concerned consumers.

"This recall has to be very clear and very directed since consumers may
not know their cards contain RFID tags," says Albrecht. "The industry
has repeatedly resisted calls to clearly label the cards. Rather,
they've given the cards innocent-sounding names like 'Blink.'"

CASPIAN is advising consumers to immediately remove the credit cards
from their wallets and call the 800 number on the back to insist on an
RFID-free replacement card. The group is cautioning consumers not to
mail the cards back or simply throw them away due to the risk of their
personal information being skimmed.

Today's New York Times article by John Schwartz can be found here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/23/business/23card.html?ref=business

A research report detailing the findings can be found here:
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/business/20061023_CARD/techreport.pdf
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ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
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 encourage privacy-conscious
shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

For more information, visit CASPIAN's RFID privacy website at:
http://www.spychips.com

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips" is the winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical
acclaim. Authored by recent Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and
former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched.
"Spychips" draws on patent documents, corporate source materials,
conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing
-- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

"Spychips" is now available in a newly-released paperback version from
Penguin/Plume (October 2006).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The card companies have implied through their marketing that the data is encrypted to make sure that a digital eavesdropper cannot get any intelligible information. American Express has said its cards incorporate “128-bit encryption,” and J. P. Morgan Chase has said that its cards, which it calls Blink, use “the highest level of encryption allowed by the U.S. government.”
from nyt in artical above.

note all cards will have the exact same encrytion key!!!
brake 1 brake all!!!

Ok these can allso be scanned and tracked by modifying those upright pillers you see in many stores that are refid readers for sercurity tags in many stores you se them every where. they can still do there regulare security scans unknowing to store and custimers be scanning every credit card that passes between them. many antenas can and do send more then 1 frequency at 1 time and recive all with out hitch.
picture a busy wallmart and some with access.........
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

few links to check
http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2006/08/14/credit_cards_with_radio_tags_speed_purchases_but_track_customers_too/


Remy de Tonnac -- president of Inside Contactless, a French firm that makes RFID credit card chips -- said that his company's chips will only respond to signals from a legitimate reader operated by a retailer or bank. Any unauthorized attempt to read the data will be ignored, he said.

you also beleave in santa and tooth fairy????


Users will also have to enter a code number, like the PIN used with today's debit cards, but only if the purchase is worth more than $25.

if some ones scanned your card they can dictionary attack the pin number lol

By using a RFID chip to make payments, ``you're not fumbling around looking for your card or for change," Cloninger said.

yes use the lazy to get full foot and body in door. are the lazy not too bright as well???

Quote:
That makes for faster service in the checkout line and could increase the total number of customers served per day.

yes cor-pirations and the need for greed and or speed......

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Kirschenbaum%2C+et.+al.+%22How+to+Build+a+Low-Cost%2C+Extended-Range+RFID+Skimmer%22&btnG=Google+Search
http://www.cioinsight.com/print_article2/0,2533,a=154404,00.asp

EETimes.com - Tests reveal e-passport security flaw
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RFID-enabled credit card theft
A thief attempting to steal credit information from RFID-enabled, or contactless, credit cards could wander through crowded markets picking up broadcasts from within wallets and purses. The response from the smart-card industry: shoot the messenger.

a good utube on this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPkzFETzueQ
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Read rfid from as as 30 feet
As a result, number of keys that an attacker needs to search is considerably smaller than claimed (reduced to 35 bits). Since eavesdropping on the communication of the card or the reader is required, the eavesdropping equipment must be placed within a distance of 5 to 10 meters of the passport.
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Report warns of people-tagging madness
Chips ain't just for dogs, you know
By Lucy Sherriff → More by this author
Published Monday 30th October 2006 16:49 GMT
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Within 10 years we will all be chipped "like dogs", according to a report in the online version of London newspaper The Evening Standard.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2006

TOMMY THOMPSON: THE "CHIPPER" PRESIDENT?
Election Bid Raises Specter of RFID Implant Threat

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson is
considering a run for president in 2008, a move that should spark alarm
among those familiar with Thompson's calls for widespread RFID chipping
of Americans. The authors of "Spychips," Dr. Katherine Albrecht and Liz
McIntyre, who closely monitor the RFID industry, caution that his
position on the Board of the VeriChip Corporation and his stock options
in the company make Thompson one of the most dangerous figures in
American politics today.

As head of Health of Health and Human Services, Thompson oversaw the
scandal-ridden FDA when it approved the VeriChip as a medical device.
Shortly after leaving his cabinet post, he joined the board of the
VeriChip Corporation and wasted no time in using his clout to promote
the company's glass encapsulated RFID tags. These tags are injected into
human flesh to uniquely number and identify people.

In public appearances, Thompson has suggested implanting the microchips
into Americans to link to their electronic medical records. "It's very
beneficial and it's going to be extremely helpful and it's a giant step
forward to getting what we call an electronic medical record for all
Americans," he told CBS MarketWatch in July 2005. He also suggested
implanting military personnel with the chips to replace dog tags.

Thompson's desire to run for president is not mere speculation. Media
outlets in his home state of Wisconsin, where he served four terms as
governor, have confirmed Thompson is laying the foundation for a
presidential bid. His wife Sue Ann has told reporters that the family
has discussed his candidacy and that "He should give it a try. He's got
a lot of good ideas." Thompson himself has stated, "There's no question
I'm interested.”"

Thompson is considered a long-shot for the Republican nomination, but
his influence shouldn't be discounted, says McIntyre. "Despite his
folksy manner, he's a savvy politician whose Washington connections run
deep, and he's got a vested interest in chipping America." She points
out that Thompson has an option on more than 150,000 shares of VeriChip
stock.

Right now those options aren't worth much. Security flaws and public
squeamishness have hurt the company's sales, resulting in losses of
millions of dollars.

"It will take a considerable shift in public perception to chip enough
Americans to turn all that red ink to black," Albrecht observes. "It
concerns us that Thompson would have a financial interest in having
people roll up their sleeves while aiming for such an influential
office."

Ironically, Thompson himself has not yet received a microchip implant
despite what must be extraordinary pressure from the VeriChip
Corporation. He made a promise to do so on national television over a
year ago.

"Given the unpopularity of the VeriChip and people's concern it could be
abused, Thompson has been wise to avoid getting chipped himself," says
Albrecht. "Getting chipped would would be political suicide for any
politician. Even if he remains chip-free as we hope, the American people
should still be wary of him."

=========================================
ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
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 encourage privacy-conscious
shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

For more information, visit CASPIAN's RFID privacy website at:
http://www.spychips.com

==========================================
ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips" is the winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical
acclaim. Authored by recent Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and
former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched,
drawing on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference
proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing -- and
frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

"Spychips" is now available in a newly-released paperback version from
Penguin/Plume (October 2006).




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

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2006

SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE MEMBER DENOUNCES "NO-SWIPE" CREDIT CARDS
"It's About Time," says CASPIAN

A member of the Senate Banking Committee denounced RFID "no-swipe"
credit cards at a press conference Sunday. Senator Charles Schumer
(D-NY) said contracts for the cards should have warning boxes disclosing
"the known weaknesses of the technology." He cautioned cardholders about
their vulnerability to identity thieves, commenting you "may as well put
your credit card information on a big sign on your back."

"No-swipe" or "contactless" credit cards contain RFID microchips that
communicate account information silently and invisibly by radio waves.
These microchips have earned the nickname "spychips" because the
information they contain can be read without an individual's knowledge
or consent.

While Congress is just waking up to the dangers of RFID technology,
privacy and civil liberties organizations like CASPIAN have been
sounding the alarm for years.

"It's about time for Capitol Hill to recognize the dangers of RFID,"
said Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Founder and Director of CASPIAN (Consumers
Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering). "Perhaps now
members of Congress will listen to their concerned constituents and work
to pass long overdue bipartisan RFID labeling legislation not only for
credit cards, but other RFID-tagged consumer items as well."

CASPIAN has had model RFID labeling legislation titled "The RFID Right
to Know Act" available to federal lawmakers since 2003. (See
http://www.spychips.com/right-to-know-bill.html.) The legislation was
authored by by Zoe Davidson of the Boston University Legislative Clinic.

While CASPIAN supports free-market solutions to the problems of privacy
invading technologies like RFID, the group believes consumer notice is
needed so the free market can work. "We believe consumers have a right
to know when the things they wear, carry, and interact with contain
tracking devices--especially credit cards that can leak sensitive
personal information," said Liz McIntyre, CASPIAN's communications
director.

McIntyre, a former federal bank examiner, points out that vulnerable
"swipeless" technology not only poses a threat to customers, but to the
financial institutions that have issued millions of contactless cards,
as well. "What excuse will organizations like JP Morgan Chase make if
consumers are harmed financially because they have their personal
information siphoned by identity thieves? These issuers stand to lose
millions of dollars."

CASPIAN demanded a recall of RFID credit cards last month after the New
York Times reported that a team of security researchers found that
virtually every one of the "no-swipe" credit cards it tested was
vulnerable to unauthorized charges and put consumers at risk for
identity theft.

Researchers demonstrated how thieves could secretly skim information
from the cards, right through purses, backpacks and wallets. The data
included the cardholder's name, credit card number, expiration date and
other information that could be used to make unauthorized purchases.

Albrecht and McIntyre are offering to testify before Congress about
their extensive research into the dangers posed by RFID, and to send a
copy of their book "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan
to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move" (Penguin/Plume
Oct. 2006) to interested federal legislators.

=========================================
TO LEARN MORE

"NY Sen. Schumer warns of no-swipe cards"
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8LPMID00.htm

New York Times article about "no-swipe" credit card vulnerabilities:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/23/business/23card.html

Security researcher's detailed report on "no-swipe" cards:
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/business/20061023_CARD/fc2007-submission.pdf

=========================================
ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
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 encourage privacy-conscious
shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips" is the winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical
acclaim. Authored by recent Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and
former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched.
"Spychips" draws on patent documents, corporate source materials,
conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing
-- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

“"A chilling story about an emerging future in which spychips run amok
as Big Brother and Big Shopkeeper invade our privacy in unprecedented
ways.”"
- Chicago Tribune

“"Paints a 1984-ish picture of how corporations would like to use RFID
tags to keep tabs on you."”
- The Associated Press

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

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

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Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance
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http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

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Europe to put RFID tags into high-value banknotes as an anti-counterfeiting measure, completely ignoring the fact that the major users of this technology would end up being criminals who would use it to remotely identify the most lucrative robbery targets

http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20011219S0016
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CASPIAN NEWSLETTER 1-24-07: RFID TATTOOS?
Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
=====================================================================

BREAKING CASPIAN NEWS:
* The newsletter is back!
* We've formed a new chapter in Washington state

RFID NEWS:
* Company touts RFID tattoos for cattle and people
* State lawmakers consider anti-chipping bills
* Kevin Ashton on chipping people ("Don't do it!")
* Spy devices discovered in Canadian coins
* U.S. retracts spy coins claim
* Tokyo RFID trial to track shoppers, beam ads
* Thieves steal RFID boxcar tags
* E-Passport: Doorway to the Panopticon
* The CharlieCard Mitten - pay with your right hand

FOOD AND RETAIL NEWS:
* Are your shopping records being sold to politicians?
* Grocer promotes biometric "loyalty" programs
* Retail function creep: Tesco offering medical insurance
* Must-see video on GMO food
* How to avoid pesticide-contaminated fruits and veggies

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE:
* Successes and inspiration
* CASPIAN in the press
* Member feedback
* Current action opportunities
* How you can get involved

=====================================================================
THE NEWSLETTER IS BACK!
=====================================================================

A team of volunteers has signed up to work on the newsletter, so it
should start arriving in your in-box more regularly. Thanks to Fran
Ogren and Shanti Mai for working with Katherine Albrecht on this
edition.

If you have feedback or a news items you would like to share with us,
please drop a note to newsletter(at)nocards.org.

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CASPIAN FORMS NEW CHAPTER IN WASHINGTON STATE
=====================================================================

We're excited to announce a new CASPIAN chapter in Washington state. The
group has already made great strides with the leadership of state
coordinator Leslie Simons. We have work underway on RFID labeling and
anti-chipping legislation, anti-NAIS efforts, REAL ID, and more.

If you are in Washington, we'd love to have you join us! Please drop us
a line through the feedback form
(http://www.nocards.org/feedback/index.shtml) and include your contact
information. Be sure to mention that you are in Washington and want to
join the state chapter.

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COMPANY TOUTS INVISIBLE RFID INK FOR CATTLE AND PEOPLE
=====================================================================

A company called Somark has developed chipless RFID tags based on ink
that can be injected into animals. The company claims the tags can be
read through hair from up to four feet away. "It can say where [a marked
animal] has been, who it has talked to, who it has eaten with, and who
else it has been in contact with," said a company spokesman. They hope
humans -- including members of the military -- will be next.

Information Week
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196802844

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STATE LAWMAKERS CONSIDER ANTI-CHIPPING BILLS
=====================================================================

Colorado State Representative Mary Hodge has introduced legislation to
make it a crime to require a human being to have a microchip implant in
that state. Similar bills have recently been introduced in Ohio,
Oklahoma, and North Dakota, and we anticipate more on the way. The bills
follow legislation passed unanimously in Wisconsin and signed into law
last year.

Rocky Mountain News
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/government/article/0,2777,DRMN_23906_5286748,00.html

Click here to read the full text of Colorado HB 07-1082:
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2007a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/CBC12C68118CE43787257251007B703D?Open&file=1082_01.pdf

Flashback -- Our May 2006 press release on the Wisconsin bill:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-wisconsin-ban.html

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KEVIN ASHTON ON CHIPPING PEOPLE ("DON'T DO IT!")
=====================================================================

Implanting RFID tags in people is just a bad idea, says Kevin Ashton,
the man who founded the Auto-ID Center and started the RFID tagging
revolution.
(For once we can agree on something!)

RFID Journal
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/2769/1/128/

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SPY DEVICES DISCOVERED IN CANADIAN COINS
=====================================================================

The U.S. Defense Department warned American contractors about a new
espionage threat seemingly straight from Hollywood -- coins embedded
with hidden RFID tracking devices...

CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/11/national/main2350404.shtml

Download the report (the coin item is on p. 32):
http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/2006trends.pdf

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U.S. RETRACTS SPY COINS CLAIM
=====================================================================

Just days after confirming to journalists that the coin story was true,
the Defense Security Service takes it all back and now claims there's no
danger of RFID tags in coins after all. (We can't help but wonder what
was really going on here.)

Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/170886

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TOKYO RFID TRIAL TO TRACK SHOPPERS, BEAM ADS
=====================================================================

The "Tokyo Ubiquitous Network Project," running from now until March 10,
will use radio-frequency identification tags, infrared, and wireless
transmitters to identify Japanese shoppers and keep track of their
movements on the streets of Tokyo. The purpose? To send them ads and
coupons based on their habits.

Fort Wayne News Sentinel
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/business/16497861.htm

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THIEVES STEAL RFID BOXCAR TAGS
=====================================================================

Clarksdale, Mississippi, police are looking for thieves who snatched
computer [RFID] tags from railroad cars. The $75 tags are about 10
inches long with a plastic cover and contain a computer chip that lets
them know what is in each car. Police are stumped as to why anyone would
want them.

Sun Herald (Mississippi)
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/16383208.htm

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E-PASSPORT: DOORWAY TO THE PANOPTICON
=====================================================================

This in-depth article explains who's watching you when you travel, and
how they're doing it. Includes information about government agency
involvement, international plans, RFID, facial recognition, and more.

Immigration Daily
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2007,0104-scarmig.shtm

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THE CHARLIECARD MITTEN - PAY WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND
=====================================================================

All subway passengers in Boston must now pay with an RFID-laced card
dubbed the "CharlieCard" - no more tokens or coins. To simplify paying
on cold winter days, one commuter has knitted a pair of mittens with a
pocket to hold the card. Now all it takes is a swipe of the right hand
to board the train.
(Link below includes a photo of the mitten.)

Boston Real Estate Blog
http://bostonreb.com/blog/2007/01/17/most-excellent-mitten-ever-read-this-post/

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ARE YOUR SHOPPING RECORDS BEING SOLD TO POLITICIANS?
=====================================================================

Ever wonder what happens to all that information your grocery store
collects when they swipe your club card at the register? Politicians can
now take advantage of this data thanks to a vast information bank
profiling individual Americans. Credit-card data, social-security
information, census facts, magazine-subscription lists, and club card
records are all fair game for political campaigns now, thanks to a
practice known as "microtargeting."

The Province (Canada)
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=35a555ca-5304-48fd-afaa-7d78890d8286
(Site requires free registration)

Read how Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign used consumer data:
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/living/community/15847915.htm?source=rss&channel=siliconvalley_community

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GROCER PROMOTES BIOMETRIC "LOYALTY" PROGRAMS
=====================================================================

Would you ever pay for groceries with a fingerprint? Some executives say
that such technology, known as biometrics, will become more commonplace
in the retail industry this year. Biometrics offers advantages over
loyalty cards, says one grocery exec, because a fingerprint definitively
ID's people and prevents them from swapping cards.

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/01/17/ap3337036.html

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RETAIL FUNCTION CREEP: TESCO OFFERING MEDICAL INSURANCE
=====================================================================

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, already offers real estate brokerage,
funeral services, internet access, and mobile phone service. Now they
are offering health insurance, too. This means all those years of
loyalty card data Tesco has collected on its shoppers may finally pay
off for the company. Their HMO division will immediately know whose
rates to raise based on excessive purchases of ice cream and
hamburger.

If we're not careful, retail stores will continue to evolve until
someday they may control all aspects of our commercial lives. This is
not a good trend, considering how dependent we are on them for our very
survival. Too much power consolidated in one place like this can't be a
good thing.

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/afx/2007/01/10/afx3315970.html

=====================================================================
MUST-SEE VIDEO ON GMO FOOD
=====================================================================

"The Future of Food" is an in-depth investigation into the disturbing
truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that
have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. It
examines the complex web of market and political forces that are
changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control
the world's food system...

http://www.mercola.com/2007/jan/11/the-future-of-food----you-need-to-watch-this-video.htm

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HOW TO AVOID PESTICIDES
=====================================================================

Next time you're at the supermarket debating whether to pay more for a
pint of organic strawberries than you do for your lunch -- or deciding
if you should choose that wilted organic celery over the crisp green
conventional stalks -- you might want to refer to the Environmental
Working Group's new wallet-size Shoppers' Guide...

Epicurious
http://www.epicurious.com/features/news/dailydish/110606

=====================================================================
SUCCESSES AND INSPIRATION
=====================================================================

CONSUMERS SAY "GOODBYE!" TO GILLETTE

Three years after its launch, CASPIAN's boycott of Gillette for using
RFID spychips is still going strong. Here are two inspiring letters we
received this week from visitors to our BoycottGillette.com website. The
letters were addressed to Gillette president (and EPCGlobal chairman)
Dick Cantwell -- a longtime advocate of spychips.

Dear Gillette:
I've been using your razor & blades for over 40 years. They
have just been consigned to the bin. Tomorrow I'm introducing
my face to Wilkinson.
- John Mobbs, UK

Good evening Dick,
I just wanted to let you know that you have one less customer.
I read the book "SpyChips". I was shocked at Gillette's audacity
as to the means to track customers. Needless to say, I stopped
buying gillete products and have switched to another brand.
If you would like, I can send photos of the Gillette products
in my trash can and me happily using a competitor's brand.
Actually it worked out even better for me, because the
competitor's I am using feels as good as your brand but cheaper.
Track that.
Sincerely,
R.W.
One Less Gillette customer

Join the boycott against Gillette:
http://www.boycottgillette.com

Send Mr. Cantwell your own letter:
http://www.boycottgillette.com/soundoff.html

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

CONSUMERS HALT ARTIFICIAL HORMONES IN SAFEWAY MILK

Grass roots consumer efforts have paid off in the Pacific Northwest!
Thanks to the Oregon chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility,
all milk sold in Safeway stores in the Pacific Northwest will now be
free of artificial growth hormones. Rick North, who ran the physicians'
campaign, made presentations to companies and coordinated letter-writing
by individuals to bring about the change. A Safeway spokeswoman said,
"Consumers in the Portland and Seattle area have been very vocal about
the issue of rBGH. So this is basically a response to customer
concerns." Kudos!

The Oregonian
http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/stories/index.ssf?/base/business/1169178936188810.xml&coll=7

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CASPIAN IN THE PRESS
=====================================================================

CASPIAN Founder Dr. Katherine Albrecht and Communications Director Liz
McIntyre have been quoted in newspaper and magazine articles nationwide
and appeared on a number of radio programs this month. Here's a
sampling:

WQQQ 103.3 FM, Tri-State CT, MA, and NY
WVON 1690 AM, Chicago
Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith
The Power Hour with Joyce Riley and Dave VonKleist
KSSZ 93.9 FM, Fayette, MO
KTAR 92.3 FM, Newstalk Phoenix
WBAI 99.5 FM (New York City) Fundraiser - Spychips book and taped
interview with Liz McIntyre were offered as premiums in the station's
pledge drive. Hear the entire interview here:
http://archive.wbai.org/pls.php?mp3fil=10113

Dallas Morning News
"Uses of radio frequency ID raise doubts"
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/industries/techtelecom/stories/DN-RFIDsecurity_25bus.ART0.State.Edition1.316b873.html

CBN News (Christian Broadcasting Network)
"The Internet of Things"
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/79291.aspx

Washington Times
"Coins used to spy on Pentagon contractors"
http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070112-120719-3869r.htm

Associated Press (AP)
"Pocketful of espionage: Beware the spy coins"
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/11/spy.coins.ap/
This AP story ran in over 300 news outlets including CNN, Fox News,
MSNBC, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, Sydney Morning Herald, The
Scotsman, China Post, International Herald Tribune, Brunei Direct, CBS
News, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Hanford Courant, Seattle Times, Los
Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Columbus
Dispatch, San Diego Union Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City
Star, Chicago Daily Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and
Salon.com.

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MEMBER FEEDBACK
=====================================================================

As always, we can count on our members to keep our spirits high and
remind us why we do this work. Here are just a few snippets from the
scores of letters we've received this month:

Privacy is like a parachute. You don't miss it until you need it the
most. Thank you for fighting the fight.
- Daniel Forrest in Athens, Georgia

The fight against totalitarianism is on my agenda too. I know I'm
already on their Red List.
- Steven in Rochester, New York

I am feed up with a society that in effect states to its citizens,
conform to whatever contrivance we throw at you or you will be ridiculed
and punished. I am tired of being urinated on and told it's only rain. I
am tired of being bullied into conformity for simply disagreeing with an
obvious infringement on our privacy that has no end in sight.
- Anton in Illinois

I FULLY support everything you guys are about. I want to be a part of it
as well. I have seen this day coming for decades now. It's finally here.
I will NOT take the "mark of the beast." Looking forward to helping
anyway that I can.
- Anonymous in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

I just finished reading the book Spychips. I could not put the book down
until finished. I learned about the book from Aaron Russo's movie
"America: Freedom to Facism." I would be very interested in any effort
that would help the cause to get the word out about RFID. Please let me
know what I can do to help.
- Rich Kinsman in Athens, Pennsylvania

=====================================================================
CURRENT ACTION OPPORTUNITIES
=====================================================================

Anybody up for a protest? If you live near any of these upcoming RFID
conferences and would like to organize a counter-event, please let us
know.

CALIFORNIA
Asset Management Conference & Expo, Feb 21-22, San Diego
http://www.assetexpo.com/

FLORIDA
AIM Global Showcase Feb 27-28, Tampa
http://www.aimglobal.org/events/anmgt07/index.htm
5th Annual RFID Journal LIVE! April 30 - May 2, Orlando
http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/index.php

WASHINGTON, DC
The official DoD RFID Summit, April 3-4, Washington
http://www.dodrfidsummit.com/

BOSTON, MA
IDTechEx RFID Smart Labels USA 2007, Feb 20-23, Boston
http://www.smartlabelsusa.com/

DALLAS, TX
RFID World Conference 2007, March 26-28, Dallas
Keynote speakers: Kevin Ashton, Auto-ID Center Co-Founder, and Robert
Willett, CEO of Best Buy
http://www.rfid4u.com/services/rfidworlddallas2007.asp

UK
Asset Tracking & Management in Defence, Jan 31 - Feb 1, UK
http://www.smi-online.co.uk/rfid8.asp

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HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
=====================================================================

Here are some ways you can help CASPIAN and protect your privacy:

JOIN CASPIAN - IT'S FREE!
* Signup form: http://www.nocards.org/feedback/index.shtml
* Learn more about us: http://www.spychips.com/about_us.html

CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS
* Find your local representative at: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
* Send them this article:
http://www.spychips.com/alec-big-brother-barcode-article.html
* Ask them to pass labeling and anti-chipping legislation

SHOP RESPONSIBLY
* Make your purchases in cash; avoid numbered cards and accounts
* Only purchase from companies that do not monitor shoppers
* Boycott offenders like Gillette, P&G, Tesco and Wal-Mart

WRITE, WRITE, WRITE
* Write an E-mail of complaint to companies
* Write your local newspaper, radio host, or TV news anchor
* Discuss the issue in your organization or company newsletter

INFORM OTHERS
* Forward the CASPIAN newsletter
* Link to Spychips.com and NoCards.org from your website
* Distribute books and show our DVDs to friends and family
(http://www.spychips.com/book/spychips-order-form.pdf)
* Arrange to have a CASPIAN representative speak at your next event
* Teach your children the importance of privacy

CONTRIBUTE TIME OR RESOURCES
* Provide a service from your company (printing flyers, bumper
stickers, letterhead, envelopes, advertisement, legal advice, web
hosting, etc.)
* Buy CASPIAN a banner ad on a high-traffic website

PROTEST!
* Start a local CASPIAN chapter
* Get your group (political, social, religious) involved
* Organize a protest

JUST SAY "NO"
* Never give personal information to retailers or marketers
* Get rid of your car toll transponder (it can be used to track you)
* Say "no" to programs that offer "convenience" or "rewards" in
exchange for your privacy

DONATE
We welcome financial help to support CASPIAN's efforts. If you would
like to help us with a monetary gift (we are not a 501c3 corporation),
please contact Dr. Katherine Albrecht:
http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html

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

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Protecting consumer privacy and opposing retail surveillance since 1999

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

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CASPIAN NEWSLETTER 1-24-07: RFID TATTOOS?
Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
=====================================================================

BREAKING CASPIAN NEWS:
* The newsletter is back!
* We've formed a new chapter in Washington state

RFID NEWS:
* Company touts RFID tattoos for cattle and people
* State lawmakers consider anti-chipping bills
* Kevin Ashton on chipping people ("Don't do it!")
* Spy devices discovered in Canadian coins
* U.S. retracts spy coins claim
* Tokyo RFID trial to track shoppers, beam ads
* Thieves steal RFID boxcar tags
* E-Passport: Doorway to the Panopticon
* The CharlieCard Mitten - pay with your right hand

FOOD AND RETAIL NEWS:
* Are your shopping records being sold to politicians?
* Grocer promotes biometric "loyalty" programs
* Retail function creep: Tesco offering medical insurance
* Must-see video on GMO food
* How to avoid pesticide-contaminated fruits and veggies

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE:
* Successes and inspiration
* CASPIAN in the press
* Member feedback
* Current action opportunities
* How you can get involved

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THE NEWSLETTER IS BACK!
=====================================================================

A team of volunteers has signed up to work on the newsletter, so it
should start arriving in your in-box more regularly. Thanks to Fran
Ogren and Shanti Mai for working with Katherine Albrecht on this
edition.

If you have feedback or a news items you would like to share with us,
please drop a note to newsletter(at)nocards.org.

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CASPIAN FORMS NEW CHAPTER IN WASHINGTON STATE
=====================================================================

We're excited to announce a new CASPIAN chapter in Washington state. The
group has already made great strides with the leadership of state
coordinator Leslie Simons. We have work underway on RFID labeling and
anti-chipping legislation, anti-NAIS efforts, REAL ID, and more.

If you are in Washington, we'd love to have you join us! Please drop us
a line through the feedback form
(http://www.nocards.org/feedback/index.shtml) and include your contact
information. Be sure to mention that you are in Washington and want to
join the state chapter.

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COMPANY TOUTS INVISIBLE RFID INK FOR CATTLE AND PEOPLE
=====================================================================

A company called Somark has developed chipless RFID tags based on ink
that can be injected into animals. The company claims the tags can be
read through hair from up to four feet away. "It can say where [a marked
animal] has been, who it has talked to, who it has eaten with, and who
else it has been in contact with," said a company spokesman. They hope
humans -- including members of the military -- will be next.

Information Week
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196802844

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STATE LAWMAKERS CONSIDER ANTI-CHIPPING BILLS
=====================================================================

Colorado State Representative Mary Hodge has introduced legislation to
make it a crime to require a human being to have a microchip implant in
that state. Similar bills have recently been introduced in Ohio,
Oklahoma, and North Dakota, and we anticipate more on the way. The bills
follow legislation passed unanimously in Wisconsin and signed into law
last year.

Rocky Mountain News
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/government/article/0,2777,DRMN_23906_5286748,00.html

Click here to read the full text of Colorado HB 07-1082:
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2007a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/CBC12C68118CE43787257251007B703D?Open&file=1082_01.pdf

Flashback -- Our May 2006 press release on the Wisconsin bill:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-wisconsin-ban.html

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KEVIN ASHTON ON CHIPPING PEOPLE ("DON'T DO IT!")
=====================================================================

Implanting RFID tags in people is just a bad idea, says Kevin Ashton,
the man who founded the Auto-ID Center and started the RFID tagging
revolution.
(For once we can agree on something!)

RFID Journal
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/2769/1/128/

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SPY DEVICES DISCOVERED IN CANADIAN COINS
=====================================================================

The U.S. Defense Department warned American contractors about a new
espionage threat seemingly straight from Hollywood -- coins embedded
with hidden RFID tracking devices...

CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/11/national/main2350404.shtml

Download the report (the coin item is on p. 32):
http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/2006trends.pdf

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U.S. RETRACTS SPY COINS CLAIM
=====================================================================

Just days after confirming to journalists that the coin story was true,
the Defense Security Service takes it all back and now claims there's no
danger of RFID tags in coins after all. (We can't help but wonder what
was really going on here.)

Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/170886

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TOKYO RFID TRIAL TO TRACK SHOPPERS, BEAM ADS
=====================================================================

The "Tokyo Ubiquitous Network Project," running from now until March 10,
will use radio-frequency identification tags, infrared, and wireless
transmitters to identify Japanese shoppers and keep track of their
movements on the streets of Tokyo. The purpose? To send them ads and
coupons based on their habits.

Fort Wayne News Sentinel
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/business/16497861.htm

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THIEVES STEAL RFID BOXCAR TAGS
=====================================================================

Clarksdale, Mississippi, police are looking for thieves who snatched
computer [RFID] tags from railroad cars. The $75 tags are about 10
inches long with a plastic cover and contain a computer chip that lets
them know what is in each car. Police are stumped as to why anyone would
want them.

Sun Herald (Mississippi)
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/16383208.htm

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E-PASSPORT: DOORWAY TO THE PANOPTICON
=====================================================================

This in-depth article explains who's watching you when you travel, and
how they're doing it. Includes information about government agency
involvement, international plans, RFID, facial recognition, and more.

Immigration Daily
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2007,0104-scarmig.shtm

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THE CHARLIECARD MITTEN - PAY WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND
=====================================================================

All subway passengers in Boston must now pay with an RFID-laced card
dubbed the "CharlieCard" - no more tokens or coins. To simplify paying
on cold winter days, one commuter has knitted a pair of mittens with a
pocket to hold the card. Now all it takes is a swipe of the right hand
to board the train.
(Link below includes a photo of the mitten.)

Boston Real Estate Blog
http://bostonreb.com/blog/2007/01/17/most-excellent-mitten-ever-read-this-post/

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ARE YOUR SHOPPING RECORDS BEING SOLD TO POLITICIANS?
=====================================================================

Ever wonder what happens to all that information your grocery store
collects when they swipe your club card at the register? Politicians can
now take advantage of this data thanks to a vast information bank
profiling individual Americans. Credit-card data, social-security
information, census facts, magazine-subscription lists, and club card
records are all fair game for political campaigns now, thanks to a
practice known as "microtargeting."

The Province (Canada)
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=35a555ca-5304-48fd-afaa-7d78890d8286
(Site requires free registration)

Read how Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign used consumer data:
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/living/community/15847915.htm?source=rss&channel=siliconvalley_community

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GROCER PROMOTES BIOMETRIC "LOYALTY" PROGRAMS
=====================================================================

Would you ever pay for groceries with a fingerprint? Some executives say
that such technology, known as biometrics, will become more commonplace
in the retail industry this year. Biometrics offers advantages over
loyalty cards, says one grocery exec, because a fingerprint definitively
ID's people and prevents them from swapping cards.

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/01/17/ap3337036.html

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RETAIL FUNCTION CREEP: TESCO OFFERING MEDICAL INSURANCE
=====================================================================

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, already offers real estate brokerage,
funeral services, internet access, and mobile phone service. Now they
are offering health insurance, too. This means all those years of
loyalty card data Tesco has collected on its shoppers may finally pay
off for the company. Their HMO division will immediately know whose
rates to raise based on excessive purchases of ice cream and
hamburger.

If we're not careful, retail stores will continue to evolve until
someday they may control all aspects of our commercial lives. This is
not a good trend, considering how dependent we are on them for our very
survival. Too much power consolidated in one place like this can't be a
good thing.

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/afx/2007/01/10/afx3315970.html

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MUST-SEE VIDEO ON GMO FOOD
=====================================================================

"The Future of Food" is an in-depth investigation into the disturbing
truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that
have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. It
examines the complex web of market and political forces that are
changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control
the world's food system...

http://www.mercola.com/2007/jan/11/the-future-of-food----you-need-to-watch-this-video.htm

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HOW TO AVOID PESTICIDES
=====================================================================

Next time you're at the supermarket debating whether to pay more for a
pint of organic strawberries than you do for your lunch -- or deciding
if you should choose that wilted organic celery over the crisp green
conventional stalks -- you might want to refer to the Environmental
Working Group's new wallet-size Shoppers' Guide...

Epicurious
http://www.epicurious.com/features/news/dailydish/110606

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SUCCESSES AND INSPIRATION
=====================================================================

CONSUMERS SAY "GOODBYE!" TO GILLETTE

Three years after its launch, CASPIAN's boycott of Gillette for using
RFID spychips is still going strong. Here are two inspiring letters we
received this week from visitors to our BoycottGillette.com website. The
letters were addressed to Gillette president (and EPCGlobal chairman)
Dick Cantwell -- a longtime advocate of spychips.

Dear Gillette:
I've been using your razor & blades for over 40 years. They
have just been consigned to the bin. Tomorrow I'm introducing
my face to Wilkinson.
- John Mobbs, UK

Good evening Dick,
I just wanted to let you know that you have one less customer.
I read the book "SpyChips". I was shocked at Gillette's audacity
as to the means to track customers. Needless to say, I stopped
buying gillete products and have switched to another brand.
If you would like, I can send photos of the Gillette products
in my trash can and me happily using a competitor's brand.
Actually it worked out even better for me, because the
competitor's I am using feels as good as your brand but cheaper.
Track that.
Sincerely,
R.W.
One Less Gillette customer

Join the boycott against Gillette:
http://www.boycottgillette.com

Send Mr. Cantwell your own letter:
http://www.boycottgillette.com/soundoff.html

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

CONSUMERS HALT ARTIFICIAL HORMONES IN SAFEWAY MILK

Grass roots consumer efforts have paid off in the Pacific Northwest!
Thanks to the Oregon chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility,
all milk sold in Safeway stores in the Pacific Northwest will now be
free of artificial growth hormones. Rick North, who ran the physicians'
campaign, made presentations to companies and coordinated letter-writing
by individuals to bring about the change. A Safeway spokeswoman said,
"Consumers in the Portland and Seattle area have been very vocal about
the issue of rBGH. So this is basically a response to customer
concerns." Kudos!

The Oregonian
http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/stories/index.ssf?/base/business/1169178936188810.xml&coll=7

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CASPIAN IN THE PRESS
=====================================================================

CASPIAN Founder Dr. Katherine Albrecht and Communications Director Liz
McIntyre have been quoted in newspaper and magazine articles nationwide
and appeared on a number of radio programs this month. Here's a
sampling:

WQQQ 103.3 FM, Tri-State CT, MA, and NY
WVON 1690 AM, Chicago
Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith
The Power Hour with Joyce Riley and Dave VonKleist
KSSZ 93.9 FM, Fayette, MO
KTAR 92.3 FM, Newstalk Phoenix
WBAI 99.5 FM (New York City) Fundraiser - Spychips book and taped
interview with Liz McIntyre were offered as premiums in the station's
pledge drive. Hear the entire interview here:
http://archive.wbai.org/pls.php?mp3fil=10113

Dallas Morning News
"Uses of radio frequency ID raise doubts"
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/industries/techtelecom/stories/DN-RFIDsecurity_25bus.ART0.State.Edition1.316b873.html

CBN News (Christian Broadcasting Network)
"The Internet of Things"
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/79291.aspx

Washington Times
"Coins used to spy on Pentagon contractors"
http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070112-120719-3869r.htm

Associated Press (AP)
"Pocketful of espionage: Beware the spy coins"
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/11/spy.coins.ap/
This AP story ran in over 300 news outlets including CNN, Fox News,
MSNBC, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, Sydney Morning Herald, The
Scotsman, China Post, International Herald Tribune, Brunei Direct, CBS
News, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Hanford Courant, Seattle Times, Los
Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Columbus
Dispatch, San Diego Union Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City
Star, Chicago Daily Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and
Salon.com.

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MEMBER FEEDBACK
=====================================================================

As always, we can count on our members to keep our spirits high and
remind us why we do this work. Here are just a few snippets from the
scores of letters we've received this month:

Privacy is like a parachute. You don't miss it until you need it the
most. Thank you for fighting the fight.
- Daniel Forrest in Athens, Georgia

The fight against totalitarianism is on my agenda too. I know I'm
already on their Red List.
- Steven in Rochester, New York

I am feed up with a society that in effect states to its citizens,
conform to whatever contrivance we throw at you or you will be ridiculed
and punished. I am tired of being urinated on and told it's only rain. I
am tired of being bullied into conformity for simply disagreeing with an
obvious infringement on our privacy that has no end in sight.
- Anton in Illinois

I FULLY support everything you guys are about. I want to be a part of it
as well. I have seen this day coming for decades now. It's finally here.
I will NOT take the "mark of the beast." Looking forward to helping
anyway that I can.
- Anonymous in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

I just finished reading the book Spychips. I could not put the book down
until finished. I learned about the book from Aaron Russo's movie
"America: Freedom to Facism." I would be very interested in any effort
that would help the cause to get the word out about RFID. Please let me
know what I can do to help.
- Rich Kinsman in Athens, Pennsylvania

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CURRENT ACTION OPPORTUNITIES
=====================================================================

Anybody up for a protest? If you live near any of these upcoming RFID
conferences and would like to organize a counter-event, please let us
know.

CALIFORNIA
Asset Management Conference & Expo, Feb 21-22, San Diego
http://www.assetexpo.com/

FLORIDA
AIM Global Showcase Feb 27-28, Tampa
http://www.aimglobal.org/events/anmgt07/index.htm
5th Annual RFID Journal LIVE! April 30 - May 2, Orlando
http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/index.php

WASHINGTON, DC
The official DoD RFID Summit, April 3-4, Washington
http://www.dodrfidsummit.com/

BOSTON, MA
IDTechEx RFID Smart Labels USA 2007, Feb 20-23, Boston
http://www.smartlabelsusa.com/

DALLAS, TX
RFID World Conference 2007, March 26-28, Dallas
Keynote speakers: Kevin Ashton, Auto-ID Center Co-Founder, and Robert
Willett, CEO of Best Buy
http://www.rfid4u.com/services/rfidworlddallas2007.asp

UK
Asset Tracking & Management in Defence, Jan 31 - Feb 1, UK
http://www.smi-online.co.uk/rfid8.asp

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HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
=====================================================================

Here are some ways you can help CASPIAN and protect your privacy:

JOIN CASPIAN - IT'S FREE!
* Signup form: http://www.nocards.org/feedback/index.shtml
* Learn more about us: http://www.spychips.com/about_us.html

CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS
* Find your local representative at: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
* Send them this article:
http://www.spychips.com/alec-big-brother-barcode-article.html
* Ask them to pass labeling and anti-chipping legislation

SHOP RESPONSIBLY
* Make your purchases in cash; avoid numbered cards and accounts
* Only purchase from companies that do not monitor shoppers
* Boycott offenders like Gillette, P&G, Tesco and Wal-Mart

WRITE, WRITE, WRITE
* Write an E-mail of complaint to companies
* Write your local newspaper, radio host, or TV news anchor
* Discuss the issue in your organization or company newsletter

INFORM OTHERS
* Forward the CASPIAN newsletter
* Link to Spychips.com and NoCards.org from your website
* Distribute books and show our DVDs to friends and family
(http://www.spychips.com/book/spychips-order-form.pdf)
* Arrange to have a CASPIAN representative speak at your next event
* Teach your children the importance of privacy

CONTRIBUTE TIME OR RESOURCES
* Provide a service from your company (printing flyers, bumper
stickers, letterhead, envelopes, advertisement, legal advice, web
hosting, etc.)
* Buy CASPIAN a banner ad on a high-traffic website

PROTEST!
* Start a local CASPIAN chapter
* Get your group (political, social, religious) involved
* Organize a protest

JUST SAY "NO"
* Never give personal information to retailers or marketers
* Get rid of your car toll transponder (it can be used to track you)
* Say "no" to programs that offer "convenience" or "rewards" in
exchange for your privacy

DONATE
We welcome financial help to support CASPIAN's efforts. If you would
like to help us with a monetary gift (we are not a 501c3 corporation),
please contact Dr. Katherine Albrecht:
http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html

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

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Protecting consumer privacy and opposing retail surveillance since 1999

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

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may find it of interest.

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CASPIAN NEWSLETTER 2-01-07: REAL-ID Victory!
Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter

This week's newsletter was edited by Fran Ogren and Katherine Albrecht.
To share feedback or a news item, write to: newsletter(at)nocards.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
=====================================================================

BREAKING NEWS:
* Maine becomes the first state to reject REAL I.D.!
* Flashback: How NH CASPIAN helped spark the REAL ID revolt

RFID NEWS:
* Trial: RFID keyfobs trigger billboards 500 feet away
* Shiseido tests spychips in cosmetics
* Could sensor networks run on thin air?
* Where is RFID being deployed today? (IDTechEx report)
* Somark tracking tattoos spark privacy controversy
* Tech companies join US senators to promote RFID Use
* Spychipping kids at Legoland
* Tagging babies: Security or security theater?

FOOD AND RETAIL NEWS:
* Supermarket asks 87-year-old man for ID
* Drivers license scanners reveal more than your age
* Albertsons to close 11 unprofitable stores
* California may require labels on cloned food products
* Organic buying clubs growing in popularity

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS CORNER:
* Tools you can use - Decode your driver's license
* Successes and inspiration
* Member feedback
* How you can get involved

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MAINE BECOMES THE FIRST STATE TO REJECT REAL I.D.!
=====================================================================

Great news! Maine overwhelmingly rejected federal requirements for
national identification cards last week, making it the first state to
formally oppose the REAL ID legislation scheduled to go into effect next
year. This is just the first domino to fall; we expect many more states
will soon follow Maine's lead in rejecting the much-hated national ID
plan.

CNET
http://news.com.com/Maine+rejects+Real+ID/2100-7348_3-6153532.html

Text of Maine's resolution:
http://www.mainesenate.org/mitchell/realid.htm

Declan McCullagh's Real ID FAQ:
http://news.com.com/FAQ+How+Real+ID+will+affect
+you/2100-1028_3-5697111.html

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FLASHBACK: HOW NH CASPIAN HELPED SPARK THE REAL-ID REVOLT
=====================================================================

New Hampshire will forever be remembered as the first state to draw
large-scale citizen opposition to REAL ID, thanks in large part to the
efforts of CASPIAN's New Hampshire chapter. NH CASPIAN, led by state
coordinator Joel Winters, worked tirelessly last year to try to get the
state out of the REAL ID program, bringing together over a dozen
organizations to rally for freedom.

Check out this MUST-SEE video of our anti-REAL-ID rally at the Concord
state house last April -- the event which helped sparked the revolt.
Speakers include Joel Winters, Katherine Albrecht, Rep. Elbert Bicknell,
Carol Shea-Porter, Don Gorman, and Rep. Neal Kurk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeE3iB90KeE

NH CASPIAN's Granite State ID website:
http://www.granitestateid.com/

GraniteStateID.com was created with assistance from the Identity
Project:
http://www.papersplease.org/wp/

"N.H. Leads Revolt Against Federal ID Rules" - CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/25/ap/politics/mainD8H7B9OG8.shtml

Coverage of the statehouse rally - Concord Monitor
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060423/REPOSITORY/604230386/1037/48HOURS

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TRIAL: RFID KEYFOBS TRIGGER BILLBOARDS 500 FEET AWAY
=====================================================================

MINI, the trendy BMW car brand, is offering owners of its cars a way to
broadcast their presence to company billboards, and receive a
personalized message in response. The company's press release
(paraphrased below) explains:

An electronic key fob -- a small hardware device with a built-in
authentication mechanisms -- fits on a regular keychain and
electronically communicates with the billboard. As the MINI driver
approaches, the fob triggers a personalized message on the billboard
that will "entertain, awe, and delight the driver" To deliver their
Motorby messages, MINI will utilize Radio Frequency Identification
(RFID) technology -- or, as MINI likes to call it, "Really Fun
Interactive Devices." With this groundbreaking new use of RFID, MINI
will engage its community in a conversation in a fun, engaging, dynamic
and personalized way.

The four MINI Motorby launch locations are:

CHICAGO: I-294 (North Tri-State) .25 mile south of Wolf Rd, south of
Chicago O'Hare airport (faces southbound traffic).

MIAMI: Palmetto Expressway, 25 feet north of NW 50th Street (faces
northbound traffic).

NEW YORK: 10TH Avenue & 30TH Street, just before the entrance to the
Lincoln Tunnel (faces northbound traffic).

SAN FRANCISCO: 1-80 Skyway at 4th Street (faces eastbound traffic)
All locations can be found on the MINI website.

PR Newswire via Yahoo
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070129/nym025b.html?.v=1

Photo link here:
http://www.newscastonline.com/media/

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JAPAN ALERT: SHISEIDO TESTS SPYCHIPS IN COSMETICS
=====================================================================

High-end cosmetics company Shiseido is promoting item-level RFID-tagged
cosmetics to consumers in Japan. The company has linked the tags with a
voluntary photo-capture setup and envisions a day when consumers will
want RFID readers in their homes. Here are a few excerpts from the RFID
Journal article:

"Shiseido is affixing 13.56 MHz RFID tags...to seven of its skincare
product samples. If a customer wishes to sample or learn more about a
product, she removes the item from the display and waves it near an RFID
reader....The trial also includes a kiosk with a camera, display and
RFID tag reader so a customer can view herself on the display and sample
'virtual real-time makeup' to see how a specific lipstick, eye shadow or
other cosmetic product would look on her face.

"Shiseido has attached RFID tags to lipstick, mascara and other makeup
products in...tester stands...embedded with RFID readers designed to
capture a read every time a customer tests a makeup item, thereby
counting how often the product is sampled. That information can then be
used for marketing purposes....

"In a separate portion of the trial, Shiseido is attaching RFID tags to
products at its distribution centers in Fukaya City and Saitama
Prefecture, near Tokyo, for in-store inventory. The firm is also testing
RFID tags for use in customers' homes...[and has created] a laboratory
setting designed like a consumer's home - with PCs and tag readers
installed. 'In the future, some customers who do not have time to view
product information in-store may prefer to view such information at
home,' Ishida says. 'Yes, it is anticipated that some customers may wish
to have a tag reader at home.' Those readers could be purchased or
rented, Ishida' adds, though details have not yet been determined."

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) is
sponsoring the project.

RFID Journal
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/3011/1/1/

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COULD SENSOR NETWORKS RUN ON THIN AIR?
=====================================================================

"Imagine a patient free to move around, but with his heart rate
constantly being monitored.... Removing the cables takes monitoring to a
new level."
-Medical page, EnOcean website

If you're worried about ubiquitous sensor networks, the German company
EnOcean may keep you up nights. Here is a description from the company's
website:

EnOcean "sensors are wireless, batteryless and maintenance free. Our
groundbreaking components create energy seemingly from nothing, the
slightest change in pressure, the smallest variation in temperature is
enough to generate power for our ultra efficient sensors to make their
readings and transmit their results.... [T]he harvesting of energy from
the environment and...the use of radical power management techniques...
enable our devices to run on minuscule amounts of energy. The net result
is that EnOcean devices do not need batteries or an external power
source, they can be deployed where they are needed, without the need to
schedule retrieval for battery changing. By removing the need for
maintenance we have revolutionised what is possible with wireless
sensors."

Their website shows a sensor affixed to a tree.

EnOcean
http://www.enocean.com/indexenc6.html

Thanks to Bruce Sterling's Wired blog for giving us a heads up:
http://blog.wired.com/sterling/2007/01/spime_watch_swi.html

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WHERE IS RFID BEING DEPLOYED TODAY? (IDTECHEX REPORT)
=====================================================================

The RFID analysts at IDTechEx have produced a report offering "an
unprecedented level of insight into the total RFID industry and what is
really happening." Click the link to read about tagged clothing, airline
baggage, animals, drugs, and more, along with forecasts for the future
of RFID.

Packaging Essentials
http://www.packagingessentials.com/indnews.asp?id=2007-01-31-19.37.06.000000

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SOMARK TRACKING TATTOOS SPARK PRIVACY CONTROVERSY
=====================================================================

Business Week offers this PR advice to fledgling tracking company
Somark: "Go on the offensive!" Here's an excerpt from BW's writeup:

"How can a company that makes radio frequency identification ink for use
on animals and humans head off criticism? Somark says its product, a
bio-compatible ink applied like a tattoo, just under the skin of animals
or people, acts in much the same way as an RFID tag, emitting a signal
that can be picked up by a scanner a few feet away....But when I ask [a
company founder] about the application of the Somark product to people,
he gets nervous....

"By being so cautious, Somark has in a sense allowed the blogging
community to define the company. And that definition isn't often very
favorable.... What I am suggesting is that a young startup facing
passionate opposition to its first product may need to think more deeply
about the implications of the product and then go on the offensive in an
engaging way, rather than simply hunkering down."

BUSINESS WEEK
http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/jan2007/sb20070125_543288.htm?chan=smallbiz_smallbiz+index+page_david+e.+gumpert

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TECH COMPANIES JOIN US SENATORS TO PROMOTE RFID USE
=====================================================================

Eight technology trade groups that count heavyweights such as Microsoft,
Verizon Communications, and Motorola among its members have formed an ad
hoc council to promote the use of radio frequency identification (RFID)
technologies. The RFID Technology Council will support the U.S. Senate
RFID Caucus co-chaired by Sens. Byron Dorgan and John Cornyn. Privacy
groups have raised concerns...

CRM Buyer
http://www.crmbuyer.com:80/rsstory/55310.ht ml

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SPYCHIPPING KIDS AT LEGOLAND
=====================================================================

Talk about social conditioning! Denmark's Legoland now offers an RFID
bracelet called the "Kidspotter" to help parents keep track of their
children. The park is rigged with Wi-Fi access points that track the
child by picking up the bracelet's signal. (Of course, the bracelet
company also boasts that their product collects valuable marketing data
by recording visitors' movements throughout the park.)

On the safety side, we can't help wondering why parents would let
children wander off by themselves armed only with only a tracking
device, rather than watching them with their own eyes. If a child is so
young or irresponsible that his parents want to fit him with an
electronic nanny, what he probably really needs is for those parents to
hold his hand and pay attention to him instead. Alienating,
authoritarian technologies only contribute to an alienated, cowering
populace, whether the setting is an amusement park, a school, a
hospital, a birthing center, or a home.

Fortunately, there is some good news: the article acknowledges that
"there is some controversy surrounding the tracking of people,
particularly in the US." A company VP laments, "The tracking of people
is not penetrating in the US, since in the U.S. people seem to be much
more sensitive to it."
Bravo! Let's help keep it that way.

Israel21C
http://www.israel21c.org:80/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Articles%
5El1537&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Technology

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SECURITY OR SECURITY THEATER?
=====================================================================

Security expert Bruce Schneier has popularized the term "security
theater" to describe measures that give the impression of security
without really providing it. He offers hospital RFID anklets for newborn
as one example, saying the RFID bracelets are not particularly useful
for security, but merely help allay parents' fears of kidnapping without
much cost or harm.

(Many would argue, however, that conditioning people to embrace tracking
devices is deeply harmful to society's long-term interests.)

Bruce Scneier's security blog
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/01/in_praise_of_se.html

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SUPERMARKET ASKS 87-YEAR-OLD MAN FOR ID
=====================================================================

When 87-year-old Jack Archer recently tried to buy a bottle of sherry at
a British supermarket, an employee required him to prove he was over 21.
This highlights a growing trend to require ID swipes for alcohol and
tobacco purchases, even in cases where the requirement is clearly
ridiculous. In the U.S., over-the-counter cold remedies have also begun
prompting ID requests.

Will we someday have to report to authorities when and how much we
drink, what brand of cigarettes we smoke, and what medications we are
taking -- regardless of our age? The point-of-sale ID scanning
infrastructure being built today will certainly make that a possibility.

BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/6296637.stm

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DRIVERS LICENSE SCANNERS REVEAL MORE THAN YOUR AGE
=====================================================================

Here's even more reason to say "no" when a store clerk wants you to hand
over your driver's license. Few people realize that driver's license
scanners, widely used in liquor stores and bars to verify that a patron
is over 21, can do more than merely check your date of birth. The
scanners can be configured to capture additional data encoded in the
magnetic stripe or bar code on the back of your license, including your
name, birthdate, height, weight, hair color, home address, and more.
What's more, the days when you could simply show your ID to the clerk to
prove your age -- without a swipe -- may be numbered. In at least one
New York town, a district attorney wants bars to use a swipe device that
determines whether a driver's license is real or fake.

To learn how you can decode the information hidden in your own driver's
license, see the "Tools You Can Use" section below.

New Jersey Star Ledger
http://www.nj.com/news/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-1/116997033621830.xml&coll=8

Flashback: Boston bar uses scanned license information to create
marketing database. New York Times, reprinted at We Swipe:
http://www.we-swipe.us/nytimes.html

We-Swipe (privacy organization opposing use of DL scanners)
http://www.we-swipe.us/plain.html

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ALBERTSONS TO CLOSE 11 UNPROFITABLE STORES
====================================================================

Wow, the Dallas Albertsons we picketed back in 2002 for imposing
surveillance ca-- er "Preferred Customer" cards on their shoppers is
finally closing due to lack of sales. Maybe these stores wouldn't have
been so unprofitable had they not gone to cards. We know they started
losing money just after the cards went in. Coincidence?

"Albertsons LLC plans to close 11 unprofitable stores in Texas including
six in the Dallas area, the company said today..."

You can't say we didn't warn them.

The Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/013007dnbusalbertsons.2f9dd831.html

Flashback: For a slideshow of CASPIAN's Albertsons protest click here:
http://www.nocards.org/protest/IrvingAlbertsons/gallery.htm

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CALIFORNIA MAY REQUIRE LABELS ON CLONED FOOD PRODUCTS
=====================================================================

"Legislation has been introduced in California to require the clear
labeling of all products derived from cloned animals if these are
approved for human consumption. The move comes weeks after the US Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on allowing meat and
milk from cloned cows into the food chain...." Good! Who wants to eat
cloned meat? Yecch.

Food Navigator
http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/news/ng.asp?n=73614&m=1FNU124&c=patkwfhmplrlwmj

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ORGANIC BUYING CLUBS GROWING IN POPULARITY
=====================================================================

"Organic-buying clubs are growing in popularity, with at least 10,000 in
the U.S. today, according to an industry group. Members of clubs either
pay fees for shipments of organic produce at lower prices than retail,
or can buy shares in organic farms...."

The Miami Herald (free registration)
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/16530181.htm

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TOOLS YOU CAN USE - DECODE YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE
=====================================================================

The good folks at We Swipe (a privacy group that opposes the skimming of
data from driver's licenses) have created an interactive map showing
what information is encoded in your US or Canadian driver's license.
Click on your state or province to learn what a scan could be telling
stores and bars each time they swipe your card.

To see what your state encodes in the machine-readable portion of your
DL:
http://turbulence.org/Works/swipe/state_analysis.html

Download a program to read the data on your own license:
http://turbulence.org/Works/swipe/barcode.html

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SUCCESSES AND INSPIRATION
=====================================================================

MAKING HEADWAY ON NAIS: USDA PROVIDES AN "OPT OUT" PROCEDURE

In a dramatic reversal of policy, the USDA has decided to provide an
"OPT OUT" procedure for people whose premises have been registered in
the National Animal Identification Program. Complaints have continued to
mount in several states from landowners who have discovered that their
premises were registered in the NAIS without their knowledge or
permission.

Liberty Ark Steering Committee member Randy Givens says: "Everyone in
the grassroots community should take heart at this evidence of their
joint efforts, but people should also remember that this is a proposed
protocol that can be changed at any time. This opt-out procedure is just
one aspect of the evolving plans for NAIS at both the federal and state
levels."

Liberty Ark Press Release
http://libertyark.net

More at Worldnet Daily
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53978

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

SERBIAN CITIZENS QUASH BIOMETRIC ID CHIPS

"While opposition grows to a national ID card in the U.S., citizens of
the southeast European nation of Serbia have successfully pressed their
government to back off on a plan to make biometric data chips compulsory
in the country's new citizen cards..."

WorldNetDaily
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53945

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

N.H. LAWMAKERS RENEW PUSH FOR GREATER PRIVACY

New Hampshire State Rep. Neal Kurk is one of our all-time heroes. He
authored the bill to take NH out of REAL ID last year and supported a
bill to require RFID labeling. This year he's back, stronger than ever,
and it appears he may finally be getting the support he needs.

According to the Fosters Daily Democrat, "NH Lawmakers pushing a range
of bills aimed at protecting privacy say they hope to benefit from a
shift in public awareness about their concerns. Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare,
one of the Legislature's fiercest privacy advocates, has proposed
several measures meant to protect New Hampshire residents from a variety
of technological intrusions. This year, he's not alone."

You can see Neal Kurk speaking at our Anti-REAL-ID Rally here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeE3iB90KeE

Foster's Daily Democrat
http://www.citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070129/NEWS0201/70129019/-1/CITIZEN

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MEMBER FEEDBACK
=====================================================================

We can count on our members to keep our spirits high and remind us why
we do this work. Here are just a few snippets from our mailbag this
week:

I have been trying to educate people for years about this insidious
evil. Most don't think it is a big deal or think that I am the one with
the problem. So glad to have found this site and can get many copies of
your book [Spychips]. I would be happy to help get the word out.
- Anonymous

I'm a concerned citizen. We use organic products when ever possible. We
don't want the government or any one else monitoring us.
- David Tampien in Washington

AS I RAISE ANIMALS AND SELL EGGS, I STARTED OUT WITH FIGHTING THE
NAIS...LOW AND BEHOLD WHEN I GOT ONLINE I FOUND SO MUCH MORE TO FIGHT
AND FIGHT I WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Lin in Moscow Mills, Missouri

I am totally disgusted and outraged by the blatant actions of certain
individuals in power to undermine and erode our collective rights as
FREE people, and HUMAN BEINGS - we are NOT CATTLE! I will do anything
and everything within my power to stop this and stop ID Chips. I would
die before knowingly taking some chip like that, and all of my comrades
feel the same. We will fight this tooth and nail. Only God has the right
to track and see me like that, and He doesn't need a CHIP to do it!
- Amy in Canton, Ohio

I'm all for hi-tech and robotics, etc., but we MUST revive robust
constitutional protections of our rights & liberties (including
PRIVACY!!).
- MCP in Texas

I am glad that organisations such as yourself are flourishing on the
Internet. I am fed up up franchises and fat cats. They ruin the high
street and people's lives. Keep it up!
- Nico in London, England

I just want to know where these stalking RFID chips are so I can boycott
them all in my lifetime.
- Anonymous

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HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
=====================================================================

Here are some ways you can help CASPIAN and protect your privacy:

JOIN CASPIAN - IT'S FREE!
* Signup form: http://www.nocards.org/feedback/index.shtml
* Learn more about us: http://www.spychips.com/about_us.html

CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS
* Find your local representative at: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
* Send them this article:
http://www.spychips.com/alec-big-brother-barcode-article.html
* Ask them to pass labeling and anti-chipping legislation

SHOP RESPONSIBLY
* Make your purchases in cash; avoid numbered cards and accounts
* Only purchase from companies that do not monitor shoppers
* Boycott offenders like Gillette, P&G, Tesco and Wal-Mart

WRITE, WRITE, WRITE
* Write an E-mail of complaint to companies
* Write your local newspaper, radio host, or TV news anchor
* Discuss the issue in your organization or company newsletter

INFORM OTHERS
* Forward the CASPIAN newsletter
* Link to Spychips.com and NoCards.org from your website
* Distribute books and show our DVDs to friends and family
(http://www.spychips.com/book/spychips-order-form.pdf)
* Arrange to have a CASPIAN representative speak at your next event
* Teach your children the importance of privacy

CONTRIBUTE TIME OR RESOURCES
* Provide a service from your company (printing flyers, bumper
stickers, letterhead, envelopes, advertisement, legal advice, web
hosting, etc.)
* Buy CASPIAN a banner ad on a high-traffic website

PROTEST!
* Start a local CASPIAN chapter
* Get your group (political, social, religious) involved
* Organize a protest

JUST SAY "NO"
* Never give personal information to retailers or marketers
* Get rid of your car toll transponder (it can be used to track you)
* Say "no" to programs that offer "convenience" or "rewards" in
exchange for your privacy

DONATE
We welcome financial help to support CASPIAN's efforts. If you would
like to help us with a monetary gift (we are not a 501c3 corporation),
please contact Dr. Katherine Albrecht:
http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html

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Protecting consumer privacy and opposing retail surveillance since 1999

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2007


OOPS! DID VERICHIP HAVE A "SENIOR MOMENT?"
Human Chipping Company Omits Salient Risks from IPO Disclosure

VeriChip Corporation, the much-hated purveyor of the VeriChip human ID
implant, is airing its dirty laundry this week. This is not by choice,
mind you, but because the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
required the company to disclose its "risk factors" prior to launching
its initial public offering of stock (IPO) Friday.

The company lays out nearly 20 pages of risk factors in its Form S-1
Registration Statement, a required document for the IPO. But what the
company failed to reveal in its filing may be even more eye-opening, say
CASPIAN privacy advocates Dr. Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre. The
pair, authors of the "Spychips" series of books, have been vocal critics
of VeriChip, dogging the company in recent years and facing down its
senior executives on radio and national television.

"Potential investors should be told how a hacker can simply walk by a
chipped person and clone his or her VeriChip signal, a threat
demonstrated by security researcher Jonathan Westhues months ago," says
McIntyre, who is a former federal bank examiner.

"Omitting the cloning threat from its SEC documents is a serious
oversight that could affect the value of VeriChip's stock. This is
materially relevant information, considering VeriChip's claim that its
product could be used to tighten security in facilities like nuclear
power plants," she adds.

(For more on VeriChip's vulnerability to hacking, see "The RFID Hacking
Underground,' Wired Magazine,
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.05/rfid_pr.html )

Verichip also failed to disclose to investors and the SEC that patients'
VeriChip implants might not be readable in ambulances. VeriChip's
chipping kit literature cautions that ambient radio waves, like those in
ambulances, can interfere with the equipment that reads the implanted
tags, but this important fact somehow didn't make its way into the SEC
filing.

(Scanned images of VeriChip's chipping kit literature, including the
ambulance caution, are available here:
http://www.spychips.com/verichip/verichip-photos-instructions.html )

Even with crucial information missing, investors may still find
themselves scratching their heads over poorly conceived aspects of
VeriChip's business model. "Anyone reading VeriChip's SEC filing would
have second thoughts about the stock," says Albrecht. "Who, after all,
would invest in a company that expects patients to document their own
medical history and blood type in a database? This could prove risky for
anyone, not to mention the elderly, Alzheimer's, and cognitively
impaired patients that VeriChip is targeting."

She cites a passage from the registration statement that reads, "we
anticipate that individuals implanted with our microchip will take
responsibility for inputting all of their information into our database,
including personal health records."

Other risks identified in the VeriChip filing could also scare investors
away. These include anticipation of ongoing multi-million dollar loses,
the "modest" number of people willing to get chipped, public opposition,
and the risk that the microchip may be found to damage a person's
health. The company also warns that it could be subject to lawsuits and
loss of confidence if its patient database is unavailable in an
emergency. The company admits that the database has been unavailable in
the past.

The market seemed to be catching on to some of these problems as
VeriChip began offering stock Friday in a bid to raise million of
dollars to fund its human chipping operations. Analysts noted a
"lukewarm reaction" to the stock and that it was trading on "the low end
of the expected range."

To read the VeriChip Form S-1 Registration Statement (Amendment No. 7)
see:
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1347022/000119312507024937/ds1a.htm

The VeriChip implant is a glass encapsulated RFID tag that is injected
into the flesh to uniquely number and identify individuals. The tag can
be read by radio waves from a few inches away. The highly controversial
device is being marketed as a way to access secure areas, link to
medical records, and serve as a payment instrument when associated with
a credit card or pre-paid account.

=========================================
ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes
since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. 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 encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the
retail spectrum.

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips" is the winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical
acclaim. Authored by recent Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and
former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched.
"Spychips" draws on patent documents, corporate source materials,
conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing
-- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively, readable, and hilarious, according to critics, who have
called it a "techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

"A chilling story about an emerging future in which spychips run amok as
Big Brother and Big Shopkeeper invade our privacy in unprecedented
ways.”"
- Chicago Tribune

"Paints a 1984-ish picture of how corporations would like to use RFID
tags to keep tabs on you."
- The Associated Press

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


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 9, 2007

AMERICAN EXPRESS ADDRESSES RFID PEOPLE TRACKING PLANS
Promises Full Patent Review, Tracking Notice, and Chip-Free Option

The top brass at American Express, chagrined at the discovery of its
people tracking plans, met with CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket
Privacy Invasion and Numbering) last week to discuss the issue. One
outcome of the meeting was a promise by American Express to review its
entire patent portfolio and ensure that any people-tracking plans be
accompanied by language requiring consumer notice and consent.

The meeting was organized after CASPIAN called attention to one of the
company's more troublesome patent applications. That patent application,
titled "Method and System for Facilitating a Shopping Experience,"
describes a Minority Report style blueprint for monitoring consumers
through RFID-enabled objects, like the American Express Blue Card.

According to the patent, RFID readers called "consumer trackers" would
be placed in store shelving to pick up "consumer identification signals"
emitted by RFID-embedded objects carried by shoppers. These would be
used to identify people, track their movements, and observe their
behavior.

The patent also suggested such people-tracking systems could "be located
in a common area of a school, shopping center, bus station or other
place of public accommodation."

Allegations of American Express people-tracking blueprints first came to
light at a conference sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America in
Washington, D.C. last month. There, Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Founder and
Director of CASPIAN, revealed the patent pending plans that she and her
"Spychips" co-author Liz McIntyre uncovered in their ongoing RFID
research.

Soon thereafter, American Express arranged for four of its vice
presidents, including the vice presidents of Contactless Payments and
Public Affairs, to meet with CASPIAN leaders in a phone conference.

"We are pleased that American Express responded to our concerns," said
Albrecht. "It's clear the company is thinking about privacy issues and
wants to address them constructively. However, we had hoped that
American Express would renounce its people tracking plans altogether and
be more sensitive to the fact that placing RFID tags in consumer items,
like credit cards, puts consumers at risk for surreptitious tracking by
others."

In response to CASPIAN concerns, American Express also promised that it
would make a chip-free version of its credit card available to concerned
consumers who ask for it.

"Offering a chipless credit card is a positive step and should serve as
an example to the rest of the industry," said McIntyre. "Consumers don't
like RFID technology. Contrary to American Express ads, most people
would rather leave home without it."

The complete text of the American Express people tracking patent
application is posted at:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/american-express-tracking-patent.html

This press release is also available online at:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/american-express-conference.html

=========================================
ABOUT RFID

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a controversial technology that
uses tiny microchips to track items from a distance. These RFID
microchips have earned the nickname "spychips" because each contains a
unique identification number, like a Social Security number for things,
that can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves.

=========================================
ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes
since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. 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 encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the
retail spectrum.

To join or support CASPIAN or to sign up for our mailing list, please
see:
http://www.spychips.com/get_involved.html

==========================================
ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips" is the winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical
acclaim. Authored by recent Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht and
former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched.
"Spychips" draws on patent documents, corporate source materials,
conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing
-- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively, readable, and hilarious, according to critics, who have
called it a "techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

"A chilling story about an emerging future in which spychips run amok as
Big Brother and Big Shopkeeper invade our privacy in unprecedented
ways.”"
- Chicago Tribune

"Paints a 1984-ish picture of how corporations would like to use RFID
tags to keep tabs on you."
- The Associated Press

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

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Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance
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http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Urgent development affecting RFID and consumer privacy

Hi, Everyone:

If you've read Spychips, you know that our worst consumer privacy
nightmare is for those little anti-theft tags (known in the industry as
"EAS" tags) to someday be combined with individually trackable RFID
chips and slipped into consumer products. (See Spychips Chp 4: "The Spy
in Your Shoe" for details.)

Well, those tags are now here.

An article in Friday's RFID Journal (posted below), reveals that
Checkpoint Systems has actually developed a product tag that combines
anti-theft and RFID tracking capabilities. The tags will debut this week
at the RFID Journal Live! Conference in Orlando, Florida. What's more,
Sensormatic, Checkpoint's only serious competitor, is running a whole
conference session to describe the benefits of using this combined
tracking technology.

This is beyond a doubt the #1 most important -- and dangerous --
development in the consumer privacy arena today. It means consumers may
soon be buying, wearing, and carrying products tagged with RFID at the
item level, because Checkpoint and Sensormatic specialize in hiding
anti-theft tags deep inside of products, then distributing those
products to nearly a million retail locations worldwide.

Now they want to do the same thing with RFID spychips. If they are not
stopped, Checkpoint and Sensormatic will soon be hiding these dual-use
tracking devices in your belongings, where they will be able to silently
and secretly transmit information about you to marketers, criminals, and
Big Brother.

This will be a consumer privacy nightmare -- and no one will even know
it's happening. That's because industry lobbyists have prevented RFID
labeling legislation from passing anywhere in the nation. There is no
requirement that retailers or manufacturers tell us when they're hiding
RFID tags in our clothes, shoes, books, or anything else.

Our only protection against this threat is the strength of our voices --
and the power of our protests.

Below is a list of relevant companies attending the RFID Journal Live
conference in Orlando this week. They will all be hearing from
Sensormatic and Checkpoint what a good idea it would be to start hiding
RFID tags in the individual items you buy. Please look over the list,
and if you see a company you buy from, tell them politely but firmly
that if you catch them using RFID at the item level you will not only
boycott their company, but you will tell everyone you know to boycott
them, too.


Companies attending the RFID Journal Live! Conference:

Academy Sports & Outdoors, Albertsons, The ALDO Group,
Anheuser-Busch, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Blommer Chocolate, Brass
Eagle, CDW Corp., Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Electrolux,
Energizer Battery, Fuji Photo Film USA, The Gap, General Mills,
Gillette Company, Hampton Products, Hasbro, Hershey Foods,
Hewlett Packard (HP), Hunter Fan, Hy-Vee, Inc., Jockey
International, Johnson & Johnson, Johnsonville Sausage, Kellogg
Co., Kimberly-Clark, Limited Brands, L'Oreal USA, Loblaws,
Louisville Bedding, Lowe's Companies, Luxottica Retail,
Maidenform Worldwide , Mars, Marubeni America, Masterfoods USA,
McIlhenny Co., Meyer Corp., Nestle USA, Newell Rubbermaid,
OfficeMax, Pacific Cycle, Payless Shoe Source, Pharmavite,
Procter & Gamble, S. C. Johnson, SAKS Inc., Sara Lee Foods,
Schick, Scott Paper Limited, Sears, Sears Canada,
Sherwin-Williams, Storekraft, Stride Rite Corp., Tanimura &
Antle, Target Corp., The Valvoline Co., Unilever, Wal-Mart,
Walgreens, Wm Wrigley Jr Co, Wegmans

[To learn more about the conference, and to see a video on it,
see: http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/ ]


Write to as many of these companies as you can, and cc: us on your
emails. Let them know how strongly you oppose RFID spychips. When you're
done writing an email, call their customer service lines for good
measure. Send a fax, write snail mail, send a singing telegram. But
whatever you do, don't take this lying down. We're counting on you to
put a stop to this.

And because they just don't seem to get it, here's a special message for
our friends in retail and consumer product manufacturing who may think
now is a good time to start spychipping products.

I strongly suggest you reconsider.

Item-level RFID tagging of consumer products is simply unacceptable. It
was not acceptable in 2003 when we launched boycotts against Benetton
and GIllette for running trials, nor when we exposed the Auto-ID
Center's confidential (and very incriminating) PR plans. It was not
acceptable when we sued the nation's largest conference center for
interfering with our right to protest the launch of the EPC network. It
was not acceptable in 2004 when we outed Metro's spychip-laced loyalty
card and sparked outrage across Germany. It was not acceptable in 2005
when we launched a boycott against Tesco, Britain's largest retail
chain, live on BBC television.

Item-level tagging was not acceptable when we outed the entire industry
(including IBM's "person tracking unit" ) in our award-winning book,
Spychips, which hit the top ten Amazon nonfiction bestseller list and
galvanized readers worldwide. It was not acceptable when we disclosed a
tagging trial by Levi Strauss and generated an avalanche of angry
letters. It was not acceptable when we demonstrated outside of Wal-Mart
stores in two states. Nor was it acceptable when we shamed American
Eagle Outfitters and American Express into publicly backing away from
their privacy-invading RFID customer tracking plans.

We've done over 2,000 television, print, and radio interviews in
virtually every media outlet in the world, and in every one we've
clearly said the same thing: Item-level RFID tagging is not
acceptable.

It's hard to be any clearer, but in the event there is anyone in the
industry who still doesn't get it, here is a promise. If any company
purchases dual EAS/RFID technology from Checkpoint Systems or
Sensormatic and places even one EAS/RFID tag on a single consumer item,
I will personally wage a worldwide campaign to expose and oppose you.
Hidden or not, we will find you out and hold you up to public scrutiny.

We trust you will do the right thing.

Meanwhile, may God bless and guide you all, and hold us all in His
wisdom, compassion and love.

In freedom,
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D

============================================================
Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy
kmaATspychips.com

Co-author (with Liz McIntyre) of "SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and
Government
Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID"

http://www.spychips.com // http://www.nocards.org
Bio online at: http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html
============================================================


Checkpoint Combines EAS Tags With RFID
The labels contain both a Checkpoint 8.2 MHz RF antitheft inlay and an
EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID tag.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor, RFID Journal, April 27, 2007
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/3280/

April 27, 2007—Checkpoint Systems unveiled today the Evolve product
family of labels, which marries RFID technology with Checkpoint's
electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology. Checkpoint developed
the dual-purpose labels to offer its retail customers a means of
leveraging RFID tools for in-store inventory visibility while continuing
to use the EAS tags as a theft deterrent—without having to apply two
separate tags to their products.

The Evolve labels contain a Checkpoint 8.2 MHz radio frequency (RF) EAS
inlay, which does not contain a microprocessor or carry a unique ID. The
inlay is designed to trigger an alarm if passed through an EAS reader
stationed around store exits unless first deactivated at the point of
purchase. The labels also contain an 850-950 MHz EPC Gen 2 RFID inlay,
to which an EPC can be encoded to identify and track individual
products.

The initial Evolve tag design, the Evolve 410, involves the placement of
an EAS antenna around the RFID inlay, containing an Impinj Monza chip on
an adhesive paper substrate. The label dimensions are slightly less than
2 inches square, enabling it to be attached to most hangtags for apparel
and footwear products.

"Before joining Checkpoint, I spent 20 years in the retail industry, and
whenever there's a big technology change, such as RFID, retailers face
so much [transition]. There's training staff, converting software, new
data to manage," says Checkpoint's CEO, George Off. "Anything that can
offer [retailers] flexibility [in adopting new technology] and enable
them to pace their investments really helps during these transitions.
That's what we're trying to do with Evolve."

Off says Checkpoint envisions working with retailers to incorporate
Evolve tags as part of CheckNet, the company's global logistics and data
communications platform. Retailers and their contract manufacturers can
use the system to order product tags—including Checkpoint's EAS tags—
that are applied to house-brand products at the point of manufacture.
This, in many cases, is done overseas.

Using the Evolve labels as part of the CheckNet platform, retailers and
manufacturers alike would be able to leverage the RFID tag applied to
products and track their movement through the supply chain—from the
factory down to the store level. "Retailers," says Off, "want both EAS
security and inventory tracking."

Presently, Checkpoint is still in the early stages of discussions
regarding incorporating Evolve product labels into the CheckNet
platform, Off says. To deploy such a system, Checkpoint would need to
develop a means by which the EPC encoded to the labels would be
generated, managed and shared with supply-chain partners. The required
RFID hardware infrastructure would also need to be put in place at
manufacturing and retail warehouses and facilities. To leverage the RFID
tags for inventory tracking inside retail stores, he adds, interrogators
would be needed in the back rooms, and possibly on store shelves and at
point-of-sale terminals as well.

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

Conference Session RFID Journal Live! 2007
Item Level Tagging for Retail – Why Combining RFID and EAS Makes Sense
Wednesday, May 2, 11:30 am

ADT, primarily through its Sensormatic brand of EAS and CCTV products,
has decades of experience working with retailers to protect their
merchandise. Whether it’s a beep at the door or an image recorded to a
DVR, “visibility” created by physical layer deployments is at the heart
of ADT’s retail solutions. Item level RFID promises to offer new levels
of visibility related to both in-store and supply chain processes. And
while this new form of process visibility involves many integrated
layers, many of the physical layer challenges faced by retailers in
creating item level RFID tagging models have already been addressed.
This presentation will discuss the challenges retailers face in adopting
item level RFID tagging and offer lessons learned from years of
experience in providing similar EAS solutions.
Speaker:

Randy Dunn, Director, RFID Sales,
ADT Security Services
Takeaways:
.
Lessons learned from combining EAS
and RFID
.
Understanding the obstacles for
adopting item-level RFID tagging in
the retail sector

Source:
http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/level_expertise_executive_strategy.php


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ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes
since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. 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 encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the
retail spectrum.

To join or support CASPIAN or to sign up for our mailing list, please
see:
http://www.spychips.com/get_involved.html

==========================================
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http://www.spychips.com/
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HELP US PREVENT 200 PEOPLE FROM BEING IMPLANTED!
=======================================================
Please join us next Saturday for an anti-chipping prayer vigil in West
Palm Beach, Florida.
If you can't attend in person, visit http://www.AntiChips.com to learn
more and get involved.
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PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS MESSAGE WIDELY
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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Do you believe human beings should be implanted with numbered RFID
microchips?

Neither do we. That's why we are organizing a march and prayer vigil
next weekend to oppose the planned injection of VeriChip implants into
200 Florida Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. If it's not
stopped, these patients will be used as research subjects for an implant
study to be conducted by the VeriChip Corp. and a Florida-based group
called Alzheimer's Community Care.

Here are the details of our event:


March and Prayer Vigil to Protect the Vulnerable
Saturday, May 12, 2007
West Palm Beach, Florida 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
* Pre-Event Presentation and Book Signing by RFID Expert Dr.
Katherine Albrecht 10:00-12:00
* Peaceful March to Alzheimer's Community Care and Prayer Vigil
1:00-3:00
For event details and to learn why we oppose VeriChip, see:
http://www.AntiChips.com


It's crucial that we stand up and speak out to oppose this plan. Here's
why:


* Microchipping people as if they were dogs or laboratory animals
is not just demeaning and dehumanizing. According to the FDA, it
could be dangerous, too. The FDA has identified health risks
associated with chip implants ranging from MRI incompatibility
and migration of the implant to adverse tissue reaction and
needle stick.



* Using Alzheimer's patients as research subjects raises troubling
ethical issues. VeriChip must not be allowed to inject
microchips into people whose mental impairments prevent them
from giving fully informed consent. Medical ethicists strongly
advise that vulnerable members of society should not be used to
test controversial and potentially dangerous technology.



* Injecting an electronic device into someone's flesh without
fully informed consent is as violent and invasive as rape.
Simply being unable to say "no" is not the same as giving
consent. And for millions of people around the globe, receiving
a numbered mark is one of the most serious religious violations
a person can commit. This is not a step to be taken lightly.


Please join us on May 12th, 2007, for a prayer vigil outside of
Alzheimer's Community Care in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you can't
attend in person, here are some things you can do right now:


* Visit http://www.AntiChips.com and click on "What you Can Do"
to help out
* Spread the word by and placing a link to AntiChips.com on your
website and distributing this message to others
* Sign up for our free mailing list to follow this issue, as well
as our other RFID, freedom, and privacy issues
* Download our model legislation and share it with your elected
officials


We believe what VeriChip is planning to do is wrong. We hope you do,
too, and will join us to give a voice to vulnerable members of society
who cannot speak for themselves.

In freedom and in Christ,
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.

============================================================
Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy

Co-author of "SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and Government
Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID"

http://www.spychips.com // http://www.nocards.org
Bio online at: http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html
============================================================

Note: CASPIAN is a secular (non-religious) organization which welcomes
members from all faiths, backgrounds, and political persuasions. To
learn more, see: http://www.spychips.com/about_us.html

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NIST COMPLETES RFID SECURITY GUIDELINES
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's report describes
the risks to data security and personal privacy that RFID deployments
may pose, and provides best practices and procedures to mitigate
those dangers.
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/3279/1/1/
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THE RFID GUARDIAN: A FIREWALL FOR YOUR TAGS
A new tool from a graduate student at the Vrije Universiteit in
Amsterdam offers the first real-time cloak of protection to users
concerned about security, and no hammer blows are required.
http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/rfid-guardian.ars
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear CASPIAN members and newsletter subscribers:

"Your ID, please" is a phrase Americans will be hearing far more often
if the Real ID Act is implemented. But with your help today, we can
prevent this 'Real Nightmare' from becoming a reality.

The Real ID Act requires every American to have a standardized driver's
license – a de facto national ID – to fly on commercial airlines or
enter government buildings. Legislation has also been proposed that
would make showing a Real ID a requirement for voting, getting a job and
obtaining benefits like Medicaid. Real ID will invade privacy, trample
religious freedom, and won’t make us any safer.

We need your help by Tuesday, 5:00 PM EST to tell DHS and Congress that
Americans reject Real ID.

As required by law, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is
accepting comments on its proposed Real ID regulations through Tuesday,
May 8th, at 5:00 PM. Anyone in America has the right to submit comments
to the government on this proposal.

Please submit your own comments telling DHS and Congress that Real ID is
a 'Real Nightmare' that needs to be fixed.

Your comments today will be critical in this debate, as Congress will be
looking carefully at the number of comments delivered. Here is how you
can submit your comments:


1. Online through the Federal Rulemaking Portal:
http://www.regulations.gov (search for "DHS-2006-0030-0001" and
follow the instructions for submitting comments)
2. Fax to 1-866-466-5370. Your fax must state that you are
submitting comments in response to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
DHS-2006-0030.
3. Postal Mail sent to Department of Homeland Security; Attn: NAC
1-12037; Washington, D.C. 20538. Your letter must state that you
are submitting comments in response to Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking DHS-2006-0030.

For more information about comment submission, visit
http://www.privacycoalition.org/stoprealid/
For more information about Real ID, go to www.realnightmare.org
For the ACLU's page on religious opposition to Real ID, go to
http://www.realnightmare.org/opposition/101/
For CASPIAN's New Hampshire Anti-REAL ID page, go to
http://www.granitestateid.com
For a video of the NH rally opposing REAL ID (including excerpts from my
speech) see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeE3iB90KeE

Writing your Comments: We've posted a number of talking points below to
help you craft your letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
You can raise one or all of these issues, but please use your own
language. If you can't write a carefully crafted letter, don't worry.
Even a short comment - "I don't want REAL ID!" will be counted and add
you to the ranks of the opposition. Doing something, however small, is
better than doing nothing.

Please take a minute and file a comment for your future and your
liberty.

In freedom,
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.

============================================================
Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy
(877) 287-5854, kma@spychips.com

Host of "Uncovering the Truth" Radio Show
We the People Radio Network, M-F 10AM-12PM EST
http://www.wtprn.com

Co-author of "SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and Government
Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID"

http://www.spychips.com // http://www.nocards.org
Bio online at: http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html
============================================================

Talking Points on REAL ID

President Bush signed the REAL ID Act into law last year, turning your
state driver's license into a de facto national ID card. You will have
to show it to enter a federal building, open a bank account, or board a
plane. Here are just a few of the reasons why REAL ID is a terrible
idea.


The REAL ID means long lines and more money from you

REAL ID creates a NATIONWIDE database that will make your
personal information (photo, birth date, SSN, home address,
driving record, biometric data, etc.) available to the federal
government -- and every other state. This database will be a
gold mine for identity thieves and junk marketers. (Especially
relevant since California DMV workers have been arrested for
making bogus ID's out of real drivers' information — and giving
them to criminals.)

The REAL ID will create a bureaucratic nightmare

REAL ID means the entire bureaucratic hassle of establishing
your identity — to the satisfaction of the federal government —
is shifted to your local DMV. Just to renew your license, you'll
have to scrounge up a long list of identity documents. Then,
after wasting hours and money getting the paperwork, you can
expect to wait in long lines just to update your driver's
license. You can expect increased fees to pay for all that extra
work, too.

REAL ID will cost a fortune

REAL ID is an unfunded mandate. It won't be cheap to create a
huge government bureaucracy to collect, verify, and share
massive amounts of personal data. Experts estimate that REAL ID
compliance will cost Pennsylvania $85 million, Washington state
over $45 million annually for several years, and Virginia could
pay up to $169 million, plus $63 million a year after that. The
burden of paying for all of this will fall on citizens and
drivers through higher taxes and fees.

REAL ID will destroy your hard-won privacy protections

Presently, our drivers license information is held in our states
of residence, where many states lawmakers have implemented
measures to ensure that data will not be sold to marketers or
fall prey to abuse. The federal government wants to take these
protections away from us, forcing us to share our photos and
home addresses with everyone else in the system. This is
particularly troubling considering that several states have sold
drivers license photos to marketers in the past.

REAL ID will violate many people's religious beliefs

Religious organizations and members of various religions from
Native Americans to Amish to mainstream Christians oppose Real
ID due to its potential impact on their religious freedom. Many
have objected to Real ID because they believe it represents
significant step toward the modern day incarnation of the "Mark
of the Beast," prophesied in the Book of Revelation: "And he
causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or
the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation
13:16). The Real ID Act is a direct attack on the beliefs of
these Americans.
For more on religious opposition, see the ACLU's website here:
http://www.realnightmare.org/opposition/101/

National ID is the mark of a Police State

America has always been a free country. This is not a
totalitarian regime where authorities can demand "Your papers,
please!" of citizens. The United States is one of the last
strongholds of freedom in the world. Let's put a stop to the
encroaching police state. If we don't stand up for our rights,
who will?


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

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note: When forwarding or posting this press release, please use the
version below.
The previous version contained a typo. - Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.,
CASPIAN
=========================================================

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2007

Interfaith Vigil to Protest VeriChipping of Alzheimer's Patients

International consumer group CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket
Privacy Invasion and Numbering) will hold a march and prayer vigil this
Saturday to protest a plan to inject VeriChip microchip implants into
200 Alzheimer's Community Care, Inc, patients. The interfaith event will
be held outside of the Alzheimer's Community Care facility in West Palm
Beach, Florida.

Planners hope the event will enlighten caregivers to the serious medical
and societal downsides of the VeriChip and encourage them to rethink
using elderly dementia patients as research subjects to test the
controversial product.

The VeriChip implant is a glass encapsulated RFID tag that is injected
into the flesh to uniquely number and identify people. The tag can be
read by radio waves from a few inches away. The device is being marketed
as a way to link to medical records, access secure areas, and serve as a
payment instrument when associated with a credit card or pre-paid
account.

Although the VeriChip Corporation emphasizes that its chip should always
be strictly voluntary, many question the ethics of conducting medical
research on mentally impaired individuals. Alzheimer's patients cannot
understand the risks associated with being microchipped and therefore
cannot give fully informed consent. According to the FDA, risks
associated with the VeriChip include MRI incompatibility, electrical
hazard, and adverse tissue reaction, to name just a few.

"We have an obligation to protect vulnerable members of society from
being used as guinea pigs for controversial medical research," said
CASPIAN founder and director Dr. Katherine Albrecht. "The vast majority
of Americans object to human microchipping, and it is likely these
Alzheimer's patients would feel the same way if they could speak for
themselves."

Albrecht compared the large-scale chip implantation plans to an assembly
line that would render elderly patients scannable "like bar-coded
packages of meat," adding that the societal implications of such a move
would be chilling.

"Whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, B'hai, or atheist,
no one likes the idea of being forcibly tracked and monitored by
implantable technology without their express consent," she said.

VeriChip Corporation has been very unsuccessful in its bids to chip
humans to date. In fact, only about 250 individuals, most associated
with the company in some way, have been chipped since the VeriChip was
first brought to market in 2001. The Alzheimer's study would boost that
number to over 650, a move possibly designed to help reassure investors
in the beleaguered company. VeriChip posted a $3 million loss last
quarter, the latest in a steady series of multi-million dollar losses.

Event details:

March and Interfaith Prayer Vigil to Protect the Vulnerable
Saturday, May 12, 2007
West Palm Beach, Florida 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
* Pre-Event Presentation and Book Signing by RFID Expert Dr.
Katherine Albrecht 10:00-12:00
* Peaceful March to Alzheimer's Community Care and Prayer Vigil
1:00-3:00

For more information, visit http://www.AntiChips.com.

=========================================
ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)
is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes
since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. 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 encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the
retail spectrum.

See: http://www.spychips.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
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

* California Senate Clears Groundbreaking RFID Bill

A landmark bill that would require tough privacy and
security safeguards for Radio Frequency Identification tags
in state-issued IDs sailed through the California Senate
last week on a 33-2 bipartisan vote.

Without proper protections, RFIDs in IDs can broadcast your
private information to anyone and leave you vulnerable to
tracking and identity theft. That's why EFF, the ACLU, the
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and other groups have been
working hard to get the Identity Information Protection Act
(SB 30) passed.

Last year, California's legislature passed a similar
version of this bill, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
issued a shortsighted veto. By passing SB 30, the Senate
sent a clear message that the Governor should not forgo
another opportunity to give Californians control over the
personal information on their own drivers' licenses,
library cards, and other important ID cards.

For this post and related links:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/005273.php
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