CASPIAN Has Uncovered
Evidence of Industry Plans to Deploy RFID Tracking Devices in Consumer Clothing
Items - Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy
Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN) -
(Posted here by Wes Penre,
Illuminati News, October 3, 2004)
A $600 million company called
Checkpoint has developed prototype labels containing RFID spychips for
Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, and Champion sportswear. These tags
contain tiny computer chips with unique ID numbers that can be read remotely
by anyone with the right equipment.
Potentially, people wearing the tagged clothing items could be identified
and tracked as they pass through Checkpoint-equipped doorways and store
portals, as they stand near Checkpoint's retail "smart
shelves" containing hidden RFID reader devices, or when they enter
Checkpoint's planned RFID "smart zones" in stores.
Checkpoint has an infrastructure of anti-theft reader devices already in
place at stores and libraries around the world. (Look at the bottom of the
next security portal you pass through and you may see the Checkpoint name.)
These portals could be retrofitted to silently read and record the unique ID
numbers contained in Checkpoint's new clothing tags, or inany other item
Checkpoint may be tagging.
Since there is no legal requirement for companies to tell consumers when
products they buy contain RFID tags, this may already be happening.
Earlier this year, Checkpoint announced the purchase of 100 million RFID
tags from vendor Matrics. Nearly a year ago, a senior Checkpoint executive
boasted that "the technology is ready to pilot," and revealed
that "we're working with forward-thinking consumer product goods
manufacturers and retail clients on pilots."
CASPIAN, on the other hand, will be working with consumers on an aggressive
response to this privacy threat. Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a
CASPIAN Founder and Director
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Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN) is a
grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999.
With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries
worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies
that invade their privacy and to encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits
across the retail spectrum.
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Sunday, October 03, 2004 12:24:08 -0700