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Thursday, August 19, 2010

1984 wasn’t a romance

In the city of Leon, Guanajuato in Mexico the government is putting in retina scanners to keep track of people. The scanners track you as you walk past them. So now, you can be tracked where ever you are in the city.

At Defcon this year Chris Paget showed how RFID’s could be tagged from a decent distance. Then today I read on Slashdot that Mark Roberti, an editor in the RFID field, says that Paget is showing RFID in the wrong light. That no one has had their privacy infringed upon with it and that it hasn’t lead to identity theft and that there isn’t enough data anyway to be an issue. I think Mark is missing the point.

When you get arrested and the officer reads you your rights the line goes “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” What is going to stop the government from extending this to “Anything can and will be used against you.” I think that we as citizens need to be mindful that just because things haven’t been used against us doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t be.

posted by holliday at 2:00 pm  

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