Originally posted by tristar
Is this something you heard or is it a fact, does that mean all citizens who have a drivers license must be implanted ?
The RFID chips are within the drivers licenses, themselves. There isn't any government agency yet, that I know of, requiring RFID "implants" of
any kind. But it is undoubtedly coming.
I almost envision it becoming the norm. Baby is born, baby gets circumcised, baby gets a birth certificate, baby gets a social security number, baby
gets an RFID implant for tracking and monitoring purposes.
I think you get the idea.
There are alot of problems with RFID's though that alot of the technology's supporters don't like talking about. Privacy is probably the biggest
concern. Security is probably a close #2 on that list.
The privacy concerns are many. This has been debated and discussed all over the internet already.
The security concerns are not so well-known though. We think identity theft is bad now. It will be much worse when our entire lives are on RFID
chips embedded in credit cards, drivers licenses, social security cards, etc.. Especially when people figure out how to scan all your RFID chips with
handheld devices by simply walking by you (just as an example). That's probably coming too..
Here's another concern.
If US customs and border patrol can monitor someone's movements into and out of the country by scanning RFID chips in ID cards and other forms of
identification at the point of entry, then intelligence organisations and the government could probably monitor ALL your activities inside and outside
the U.S. as well on a massive monitoring network.
All I'm really saying is this..
If they can monitor your RFID chips for what is deemed an "official government purpose" when you cross a border into and out of another country,
they could probably get away with covertly monitoring them all across the country as well.
Especially since we're talking about having RFID monitoring stations everywhere for purposes ranging from retail stores keeping track of your
shopping habits, what kinds of foods you like, what kinds of cars you like to rent, what kind of movies you like to watch, etc.. Right down to where
you work and why, etc., etc... All in computers SOMEWHERE at any one time.
The trick is this. All these monitoring stations can also be covertly used by government agencies to keep tabs on your activities inside the country.
Even your movements.. Especially since all of this information can be pooled together which would tell them exactly where you're popping up on the
grid and how often (not to mention, why).
I think Most people are willing to allow a certain degree of personal privacy infringement on the basis of security concerns and international
terrorism. All for reasons of the public safety and common good. It's a trade-off. The trade-off starts not being worth it when the government can
have the ability to monitor everything we do in our daily lives. Everything from what kind of coffee you buy in the morning, where you bought it, how
much it costed you. Down to what kind of shoes you bought last week, what brand they are, what shoe size you are, where you bought them, and whether
or not you gave the clerk a hard time..