Sunday, December 30, 2007

RFID Chips in Drivers' Licenses

(Radio Frequency IDentification)

An easy, unaccountable means for tracking dissidents ...

Arizona, Michigan, Vermont and Washington to be 1st States within the U.S. to betray automobile traveler privacy by installing RFID tracking chips in peoples' drivers licenses, readable within 30 feet via roadside readers. This is being done on a volunteer basis for now. More ...

Think about all of the post 2001 upgrading to interstate highway truck weighing stations.

According to this site, RFID chips were invented in 1969, and patented in 1972. They are dynamic, that is they transmit and receive, but avoiding the need for batteries by essentially listening for a certain frequency that instructs it to transmit an ID code. As of now, their price has dropped to 50 cent apiece. They are being installed in a greater number of consumer goods, including Michelin tires, and may soon be included in Euro money notes.

What will be next, mandatory RFID chips in IDs, license plates and ...?

This company promotes RFID chips in license plates.

The U.S. REAL ID Act mandates that the various States within the U.S. adopt standards for IDs including connecting data bases, and granting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security "unfetted authority to design state ID cards and driver's licenses. Among the possibilities: biometric information such as retinal scans, fingerprints, DNA data and RFID tracking."

Countdown to REAL ID (May 11, 2008)

They can also be installed in people, as shown in this video.

RFID books

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