Berkeley Watchdogs Bark at RFID Plan

A group of concerned citizens are protesting the use of RFID tags (which they call "spy chips") at an authors gala today says Inside Bay Area.

Berkeleyans Organizing for Library Defense will gather in front of the library on Kittredge Street at 6 p.m. as people arrive at the $250-a-plate event, where more than two dozen Bay Area authors are expected, including Mark Danner, Judy Rodgers, Peter Coyote, Mary Roach and Deborah Santana.

The sold-out event, which this year includes dim sum, sushi and high-end vodka martinis, draws an elite crowd and raises thousands of dollars every year for the library.


If these people drive newer cars, the kind with the plastic part at the top of the keys then they have RFID chips on their persons already.

Some cars have gone from the traditional turn the key to start model to have the key with you to start model.

These people need to calm down and face reality. No one is tracking them through their library books, no one is tracking them through their car keys, no one is tracking them through the RFID chips embedded in their pets. Heck I even had one stuck in me for a while as a clinical trial of something designed to help dementia patients.

These are the kind of people who keep the idea that California and particularly the Berkeley area is like a bowl of granola - full of nuts and flakes- alive.

If these BOLD whackos want to really keep their reading habits private and not let anyone know what they were checking out then they would shut up about what they are reading and use self check out which RFID facilitates.

1984 is starting to seem quaint. Though - gotta love that a security company didn't consider that the device might be skimmed and cloned. I imagine their stock may be severely depressed.Company requires RFID injectionPeter Laborge 2006-02-10Two employees have been injected with RFID chips this week as part ofa new requirement to access their company's datacenter.Cincinnati based surveillance company created thepolicy with the hopes of increasing security in the datacenter wherevideo surveillance tapes are stored. In the past, employees accessedthe room with an RFID tag which hung from their keychains, howeverunder the new regulations an implantable, glass encapsulated RFID tagfrom VeriChip must be injected into the bicep to gain access, arelease from said on Thursday.Although the company does not require the microchips be implanted tomaintain employment, anyone without one will not be able to accessthe datacenter, according to a Register article.Ironically, the extra security sought may be offset by a recentdiscovery of Jonathan Westhues, where the security researcher showedthe VeriChip can be skimmed and cloned, duplicating an implant'sauthentication. When contacted, those at CityWatcher were unaware ofthe chip's security issue, according to the release.Privacy StatementCopyright 2005, SecurityFocus

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