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Corporations and Government Pushing RFID Chips. Are You in Danger?

December 15, 2007

Barcodes are pretty much accepted in to day’s society, and one of the biggest reasons for this is Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is now the biggest retailer pushing the RFID chip. The Barcode paten was issued in 1952, but was not approved until 1972. It took around twelve years for it to become popular. Up until 1984 only about 15,000 suppliers used the bar code. In 1987 that number jumped to 75,000 suppliers, the reason was Wal-Mart, and its demand that all the suppliers it dealt with used the barcode at their cost.

Wal-Mart is at it again, they want all their suppliers to use the RFID chips in their products, and at their cost. The problem with this is the same as with the barcode, it will cause the smaller suppliers to lose the account.

A brief history of the RFID chip

Invented in 1969 and patented in 1973, but only now becoming commercially and technologically viable, RFID tags are essentially microchips, the tinier the better. Some are only 1/3 of a millimeter across. These chips act as transponders (transmitters/responders), always listening for a radio signal sent by transceivers, or RFID readers. When a transponder receives a certain radio query, it responds by transmitting its unique ID code, perhaps a 128-bit number, back to the transceiver. Most RFID tags don’t have batteries (How could they? They’re 1/3 of a millimeter!). Instead, they are powered by the radio signal that wakes them up and requests an answer.

It is scary to think a store like Wal-Mart would track the people that shop in it’s store by concealing RFID chips in products that could be tracked from 750 miles away, but they did.

A cording to a 2003 article on <a href= Proctor & Gamble placed RFID chips in lipstick that was used to track customers and their shopping habits. The article did not distinguish if the study stopped at the door. As I mentioned above they studied the unsuspecting customers from 750 miles away, in Cincinnati.

The Chicago paper said it was informed of the study by a disgruntled P&G employee.
Wal-Mart first denied the test, but then admitted it had allowed customers to be watched.
A P&G spokeswoman said a sign at the Lipfinity display “alerted customers that closed-circuit televisions and electronic merchandise security systems are in place in the store,” the Sun-Times reported.

A representative from Proctor & Gamble that said once the product left the self it was out of range. However, in a diary I wrote three years ago a package was tracked from a Wal-Mart up to a half mile from the parking lot. (I regret that I can no longer find that article.)

There are privacy groups fighting such powerful chips in products.

“On the surface, the Broken Arrow trial may seem harmless,” Katherine Albrecht, founder and director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, or CASPIAN, told the Sun-Times. “But the truth is that the businesses involved pushed forward with this technology in secret, knowing full well that consumers are overwhelmingly opposed to it.”

In all fairness, Wal-Mart is not the only big retailer using or planning to use the chip. Home Depot and Target are testing the system. Although Wal-Mart and the Department of state are the largest supporters of the RFID technology.

Next: “RFID Chips In Humans.”


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane Doe permalink
    January 25, 2008 2:26 am

    Has anyone thought that by putting the chips in humans could be considered the “Mark Of The Beast”? Hello rerad your bibles people, the chip will soon be in humans and it will not be a choice!! Wake Up!!


  2. December 16, 2007 4:13 pm

    Geeez….glad you posted this on RFID so that it keeps it in the now. You know how people have a thirty second memory problem in the states thanks to MSM

    Good information here keep it up.



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