RFID implants are not the “Mark of the Beast”

by on October 30, 2004 · 2 comments

Implantable RFID chips have recently caused some privacy extremists to flip their wigs, but it’s not the privacy crisis they say. Find out why in my recent column at TechNewsWorld.

  • http://jakking.typepad.com Jak King

    Your article is premised on more than one false assumption.

    First, you say that: ” … that same tracking feature could also be used by a malevolent government as a means to monitor citizens. Fortunately, America does not currently face that threat, making it foolish to oppose the technology.” As the article The American Taliban makes clear, we are in fact facing just such a malevolency.

    Second, you suggest that having this data maintained by a private company (rather than by the government) somehow solves the privacy issue. This is nonesense, of course, in this age of the Patriot Act which requires any company upon demand to give up to the government any data it holds. It is precisely because of propagandizing articles like yours that the government can successfully use corporations to collect data that the government is not politically able to collect for itself.

  • http://jakking.typepad.com Jak King

    Your article is premised on more than one false assumption.

    First, you say that: ” … that same tracking feature could also be used by a malevolent government as a means to monitor citizens. Fortunately, America does not currently face that threat, making it foolish to oppose the technology.” As the article The American Taliban makes clear, we are in fact facing just such a malevolency.

    Second, you suggest that having this data maintained by a private company (rather than by the government) somehow solves the privacy issue. This is nonesense, of course, in this age of the Patriot Act which requires any company upon demand to give up to the government any data it holds. It is precisely because of propagandizing articles like yours that the government can successfully use corporations to collect data that the government is not politically able to collect for itself.

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