RFID, Good or Bad?
I really have mixed feeling about the recent trends towards RFID.|
The latest application of RFID in the United States involves attaching an RFID chip to passports, making identification and data collection much easier and more accurate.
United Airlines pilots and crew are the flying guinea pigs in a test of controversial new passports equipped with remotely readable chips.Criticized for exposing unencrypted personal data to anyone with access to a Reader, the State Department responded.
[...]The Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, CA experimented with RFID attached to identification badges, the easier to determine attendance with, you see. Due to negative reaction, the program was terminated in short order. But therein lies the problem with RFID: I see, you see, we all see.
Granted, it would be much easier to identify and track potential terrorists, illegal immigrants, and various and sundry other petty criminals. Once they have been tagged, that is. I wonder how many will voluntarily self-identify at tagging time? At the same time, it will also be much easier to identify and track lost hikers, kidnapped children, fugitives from justice, and ME!
Without apology, I will state here and now that I will not allow myself to be tagged, for any purpose. Or my transportation.
Or anything that I need to carry on my person, such as a driver's license, a credit/debit card, a passport, or any shopping cards. If it requires an optical scan, and otherwise can be shielded, I'm OK with it. Otherwise no. Also add in a big, fat NO to RFID or even GPS trackers in rental vehicles.
The argument goes that if you don't break the laws, and have nothing to hide, you should submit meekly to this process. The problem is that no matter how attractive is the idea that it's only for the BIG things, say child molestation, Police and DA creep (similar to this) always comes into play.
On the other hand, I have no problems with RFID being used for inventory control, sales data, shipment tracking, or the like. I'm not going to complain if Wal Mart uses this technology. For discussions against this concept, go here.
So, is it possible to have one aspect (material control) without the other (people control)?