Jim Williams, director of the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program, told a smart card conference here that such tracking chips
could be inserted into the new generation of wallet-size identity cards used to ease travel by Americans to Canada and Mexico starting in 2008. Those
chips use radio frequency identification technology, or RFID.
Since identity cards which are used to travel to foreign nations are commonly known as passports, this should be a welcome security feature for us as
a citizen. As far as privacy is concened, noone is stating, nor submitting legislation, that you must carry these documents on you at all times. These
are for traveling to foreign countries. Due to American foreign policy in the last few years, world opinion of America has seriously taken a
nose-dive, and American citizens can be at danger in many places on Earth.
Of course there is no demand that you carry it at all times, nor is there even the suggestion in the article. If you can afford to travel to another
nation, you can afford a safety deposit box at a bank to keep your RFID away from your home.
The only objections I will ever have about identity cards or RFId for that matter is if I am required to carry it at all times. Thats is when I
organize the mass burning rallies in protest. And if the leaders get too cocky about that get too cocky, the riots will soon follow.
As of right now though I have no problem. I don't even have a passport because I can not afford to go to another nation anyways. However if I ever do
ge one, you can bet it will be sitting in the safety deposit box until I need it.
AdamJ, I have unfortunately had the experience of being tracked down by police using triangulation to pinpoint a signal in my juvenile years. Unless
your phone or trasnmitter is holding a GPS chip, trust me it is very difficult to track you down through either one. For one you have to actually be
using either one for them to begin tracking the signal. The local PD had to borrow equipment from a neighboring county because they did not even have
any. And I live in a one million citizen population county, you think they would have the budget for that.
They had to stick four antennas on the top of one car (thats right only enough for one car), which wa spicking up the signal and relaying the
direction in the form of an arrow on a display. And this display did not have any maps, or street names or anything. It was simply a red arrow on a
black display. They had to drive around and follow the arrow which would only appear once you are transmitting. I have already been charged and
convicted for the crimes which I have not discussed, therefore I see no reason to be worried about revealing it.
Of course that is only conventional electronics and transmitters. You would have to have RFId chips in your phone in ordeer for them to read you using
that kind of technology. And if you have GPS, it is of course as simple as looking at a screen and following it. If you worry about being tracked,
limit your exposure to new technology, it is legal and easy.
In five to ten years many of your everyday consumer goods will replace the UPC system (barcodes) with RFID chips. Wal-Mart will probably be the first
company where you will notice the difference seeing as they are already doing trial runs. It will make shopping a HELL OF A LOT FASTER. Just rip the
chips out of your packaging when you get home, burn them in a fire, and dump whats left in a public dumpster.
Forgive me if I appear to have gone way off topic, I just wanted to write down my responses to any possible replies and concerns ahead of time so as
to conserve resources.
[edit on 4/19/2006 by DYepes]