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Thursday January 24 2013, 4:27 PM
TEXAS Sen. Estes SB 173: Relating to prohibiting the use of radio frequency identification technology to transmit information regarding public school students. (RFID)
The Smart Grid and Privacy
Wednesday December 16 2009, 9:01 PM
EPIC Concerning Privacy and Smart Grid Technology - [A list of potential privacy consequences of Smart Grid systems include: Identity Theft; Determine Personal Behavior Patterns; Determine Specific Appliances Used; Perform Real-Time Surveillance; Reveal Activities Through Residual Data; Targeted Home Invasions (latch key children, elderly, etc.); Provide Accidental Invasions; Activity Censorship; Decisions and Actions Based Upon Inaccurate Data; Profiling; Unwanted Publicity and Embarrassment; Tracking Behavior Of Renters/Leasers; Behavior Tracking (possible combination with Personal Behavior Patterns); Public Aggregated Searches Revealing Individual Behavior. Plans are underway to support smart grid system applications that will monitor any device transmitting a signal, which may include non-energy-consuming end use items that are only fitted with small radio frequency identification devices (RFID) tags may be possible. RFID tags are included in most retail purchases for clothing, household items, packaging for food, and retail items.
Today's Living on 'Today's THV at 5': Real ID Program
Tuesday December 01 2009, 3:27 PM
Rebecca Buerkle writes - [Twenty-four states have passed laws or resolutions saying they will not comply. Other states that want an extension on the Dec. 31 deadline had until Tuesday to demonstrate they are making progress. But as many as 12 states may not be able to do so, making 36 states non-compliant.]
Thursday April 30 2009, 10:12 PM
Wiki - [A location-based service (LBS) is an information and entertainment service, accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and utilizing the ability to make use of the geographical position of the mobile device]
Video: Hacker war drives San Francisco cloning RFID passports
Tuesday February 03 2009, 7:21 PM
Thomas Ricker - [Chris recently drove around San Francisco reading RFID tags from passports, driver licenses, and other identity documents. In just 20 minutes, he found and cloned the passports of two very unaware US citizens.]
HB 38 - Microchip Consent Act of 2009
Monday January 12 2009, 7:29 PM
To amend Chapter 1 of Title 51 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions regarding torts, so as to prohibit requiring a person to be implanted with a microchip; to provide for a short title; to provide for definitions; to provide for penalties; to provide for regulation by the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
Lawmaker Targets RFID In Privacy Push -- Washington State representative wants products that contain the chips clearly marked
Friday January 09 2009, 7:01 PM
[The lawmaker wants to ban intentional scans of people's identification documents without first gaining specific consent, except in cases of emergencies or court-ordered electronic monitoring. He also wants all products containing RFID chips to be marked clearly so consumers know which products contain them.]
Obama administration to inherit a real mess on Real ID
Friday December 12 2008, 7:35 PM
Computerworld Jaikumar Vijayan writes -- [According to Dixon, the one public comment that Obama has made about Real ID came during a primary campaign debate, when he voiced his opposition to the way the law was being implemented and the burdens it imposed on states. A perusal of Obama's Senate voting record on the Project Vote Smart Web site shows that as a senator from Illinois, Obama didn't vote on a proposal relating to Real ID funding. But whatever position the new administration takes, the fact remains that many of the standards required under Real ID are already being implemented by states as part of their own efforts to improve security, Dixon said. As a result, he noted, moving the Real ID program forward may require little more than a willingness on the part of the DHS to see if those efforts are enough to qualify as complying with the law. Dixon noted that Napolitano's experience as the governor of a state that is fighting against the Real ID initiative should have given her insight into the issues being faced by the other states as well. If she's confirmed to head the DHS, he said, "Napolitano could sit down with the governors and try to find a way out of this impasse."]
Freedom Under Surveillance, Part II
Thursday December 04 2008, 7:07 PM
Independent Examiner Brian Trent says [On September 17 of this year, the House passed the “School Safety Enhancements Act of 2008.” As part of this $50 million initiative, surveillance equipment is specifically earmarked and encouraged. Why would the federal government be so interested in mandating surveillance equipment for schools? Isn’t that the job of the states in which those schools dwell? And really, isn't this going a little far... for any level of government?] Also says [In 2005, slipped insidiously into an $81 billion bill for "supporting troops" and "tsunami relief" was a tiny law - The Real ID Act - which creates a de facto National ID card. Originally, the law required it be in place by 2008, but it met with ferocious resistance from the states. Yes! The states actually rebelled… but don’t break out the champagne yet. The Feds have "allowed" an extension through 2009 for states that request it. Every driver's license will be required to include "physical security features" and "a common machine readable technology." The cultists who support this National ID card say that it's all voluntary.]
Freedom Under Surveillance, Part I
Thursday December 04 2008, 7:02 PM
Independent Examiner Brian Trent says [In recent years U.S. manufacturers began utilizing RFIDs in a staggering array of products. Making use of the same technology that allows cars to sail through EZ Pass tolls, RFIDs are being stitched into clothing, sneakers, razors, books, boots, and just about everything else that a tiny tracking device can be attached on or in. The initial incentive is a highly practical one: "tagged" products can be readily tracked through the distribution gauntlet from factory to store shelf. Concealed like many extant antitheft devices, they will do nothing unless touched by a "reader signal," which makes the RFID "reply" with its own unique signal – an electronic dialogue invisible to the person wearing it.]
Transition Watch: Napolitano had doubts about Real ID
Wednesday December 03 2008, 4:13 PM
Washington Technology - [The so-called enhanced driver’s licenses have radio frequency tags that can be read from about 20 to 30 feet away for quick processing in border lanes. They are designed to comply with Real ID requirements.]
How RFID Tags Could Be Used to Track Unsuspecting People
Thursday September 11 2008, 8:41 PM
Scientific America -- "The new licenses come equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that can be read right through a wallet, pocket or purse from as far away as 30 feet. Each tag incorporates a tiny microchip encoded with a unique identification number. As the bearer approaches a border station, radio energy broadcast by a reader device is picked up by an antenna connected to the chip, causing it to emit the ID number. By the time the license holder reaches the border agent, the number has already been fed into a Homeland Security database, and the traveler’s photograph and other details are displayed on the agent’s screen."
Enhanced driver's license program a "threat" to privacy
Wednesday August 13 2008, 8:12 PM
ITBusiness reports, "Despite widespread privacy concerns, several Canadian provinces are pushing through with the implementation of the enhanced driver's license (EDL) scheme that seeks to link U.S.-Canada border security measures."
Enhanced Driver’s Licenses Coming Your Way…
Sunday July 27 2008, 5:01 PM
Steven A. Culbreath, Esq. blogs, "DHS has worked to align REAL ID and EDL requirements. EDLs that are developed consistent with the requirements of REAL ID can be used for official purposes such as accessing a Federal facility, boarding Federally-regulated commercial aircraft, and entering nuclear power plants." And... "While the REAL ID requires proof of legal status in the U.S., the state issued EDL will require that the card holder be a U.S. citizen."
Rhode Island School District to Begin Microchipping Students
Tuesday June 17 2008, 4:32 PM
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has criticized the plan as an invasion of children's privacy and a potential risk to their safety.
DHS wants biometric helping hand
Tuesday June 17 2008, 1:10 PM
Five years after Congress ordered biometric tracking of foreign visitors leaving the United States by land and after spending millions of dollars on planning and testing that yielded limited results, the Homeland Security Department is now seeking the private sector’s help to address the challenge.
Real Estate Files Found With RFID
Friday June 06 2008, 8:49 PM
Madison Abstract is using an EPC Gen 2 RFID system it help design to track hundreds of client files throughout its offices.
Privacy Impact Assessment for the Use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology for Border Crossings
Thursday June 05 2008, 10:39 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology that is to be used in cross border travel documents to facilitate the land border primary inspection process. A unique number is embedded in an RFID tag which, in turn, is embedded in each cross border travel document. At the border, the unique number is read wirelessly by CBP and then forwarded through a secured data circuit to back-end computer systems. The back-end systems use the unique number to retrieve personally identifiable information about the traveler. This information is sent to the CBP Officer to assist in the authentication of the identity of the traveler and to facilitate the land border primary inspection process. Multiple border crossing programs use or plan to take advantage of CBP’s vicinity RFID-reader enabled border crossing functionality including CBP’s own trusted traveler programs, the pending Department of State’s (DoS) Passport Card, the Mexican Border Crossing Card, the proposed Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) offered by various states, tribal enrollment cards that could be developed by various Native American Tribes, and the proposed Enhanced Driver’s Licenses being developed within the various provincial authorities in Canada. DHS, DoS, and States and other entities collect PII from travelers during the enrollment/application process for current or anticipated RFID enabled travel documents. This PII is stored in secured computer systems and is associated with a unique RFID identifier stored in a card the traveler presents during the border crossing process. In order to expedite processing, this unique RFID identifier is transmitted wirelessly from the individual’s RFID enabled card to an RFID reader which triggers the CBP computer systems to retrieve the PII stored in secured back-end systems and pre-position the PII associated with that traveler corresponding to the unique RFID identifier. This automated process enables the CBP Officer to quickly compare the information presented on the computer screen with the information on the travel card and the traveler, and thus enhance security and complete the clearance process faster than if the enrollment information were not available. No personally identifiable information is transmitted via RFID, and the traveler is fully informed of the methods for transmitting and using this information as part of the enrollment process for RFID enabled travel documents.
Tuesday June 03 2008, 8:07 PM
News and white papers on RFIDs
Microchips Everywhere: a Future Vision (RFID)
Tuesday June 03 2008, 6:54 PM
January, 2008 -- AP reports, "Some of the world's largest corporations are vested in the success of RFID technology, which couples highly miniaturized computers with radio antennas to broadcast information about sales and buyers to company databases. Already, microchips are turning up in some computer printers, car keys and tires, on shampoo bottles and department store clothing tags. They're also in library books and 'contactless' payment cards (such as American Express' 'Blue' and ExxonMobil's 'Speedpass.')"
N.Y. opts for hybrid driver’s licenses
Tuesday June 03 2008, 2:03 PM
Washington Technology reports, "Some of the enhanced licenses have been controversial because of privacy concerns. Washington, which was the first state to begin producing the new licenses, includes a radio frequency identification microchip on the licenses. The RFID chips, which can be read wirelessly from 20 feet to 30 feet away, have been criticized for their potential to be scanned without authorization, risking identity theft and loss of privacy. It is not clear whether New York’s licenses will include the RFID chip. Information was not immediately available from a spokesman for the state Department of Motor Vehicles."
TESTIMONY OF DANIEL J. SOLOVE -- “RFID TAGS AND INFORMATION PRIVACY”
Monday June 02 2008, 10:34 AM
"The problems, then, don’t end with the collection of data from RFID tags or the implantation of RFID tags. Merely getting people’s consent at these stages is not sufficient enough protection. The problem is what happens to all that data that is stored. We need better downstream protections of the data from RFID tags. We need a way to ensure that the tags can be permanently deactivated. We need a way to ensure that the tags are not read by unauthorized persons. And we need a way to ensure that when people agree to use an RFID tag, that the tags or the information are not later used for different purposes without that person’s consent. The technology of RFID is not malignant or benign in and of itself. It all depends upon how we regulate it. Right now, our law protecting personal information needs to advance much further in order for RFID to be of net benefit to our society.
RFID and student privacy in California
Wednesday September 20 2006, 12:19 PM
e-week reports, "Last year the Brittan Elementary School District in Sutter, Calif., required all its students to wear an ID badge implanted with a radio-frequency chip [RFID]. The badges, which stored a 15-digit identifier for each student, were intended to be used as an attendance aid. Parents, however, were up in arms over the practice, which many said violated their kids' privacy rights."
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