Want a RFID Chip In Your Pants? No? Well They’re Coming Anyway

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Here’s an article from the BBC that (enthusiastically) announces the insertion of RFID chips in many everyday products like jeans, foods or cars, allowing the constant monitoring of pretty much everything. Sure, the article “addresses” privacy concerns (mostly downplays them) but it mainly sells RFIDs with arguments like “it could save the lives of old people stuck in a building on fire”. Most people find that inserting computer chips that can connect to the internet with personal data completely useless and, frankly, creepy. Despite this fact, there is a huge push to promote these chips and to sell them to the public.

So, here’s what the article says: Do you want old people to die in a fire? No? Well, put a RFID chip in your pants. I’m exaggerating here but, sadly, not really.

Jeans with a RFID tag

Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?

What if those new jeans you’ve just bought start tweeting about your location as you cross London Bridge?

It sounds far-fetched, but it’s possible – if one of your garments is equipped with a tiny radio-frequency identification device (RFID), your location could be revealed without you knowing about it.

RFIDs are chips that use radio waves to send data to a reader – which in turn can be connected to the web.

This technology is just one of the current ways of allowing physical objects to go online – a concept dubbed the “internet of things”, which industry insiders have shortened to IoT.

This is when not only your PC, tablet and smartphone can connect to the web, but also your car, your home, your baseball cap and even the sheep and cows on a farm.

And as we switch from IPv4 towards IPv6, which will support some 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses, more and more objects will jump into the web.

Smart buildings and intelligent cars with assigned IP addresses are already making cities smarter – and soon enough, the entire planet may follow.

“A typical city of the future in a full IoT situation could be a matrix-like place with smart cameras everywhere, detectors and non-invasive neurosensors scanning your brain for over-activity in every street,” says Rob van Kranenburg, a member of the European Commission’s IoT expert group.

Elderly people and carer in Bolzano, Italy
In Italy, a group of elderly people have had
sensors
placed at their homes for remote
monitoring

This vision might still be years off, but one by one, “smarter” cities are beginning to crop up around our landscape.

Endless opportunities

IoT advocates claim that overall interconnectivity would allow us to locate and monitor everything, everywhere and at any time.

“Imagine a smart building where a manager can know how many people are inside just by which rooms are reflecting motion – for instance, via motion-sensitive lights,” says Constantine Valhouli from the Hammersmith Group, a strategy consulting firm.

“This could help save lives in an emergency.”

But as more objects leak into the digital world, the fine line that separates the benefits of increasingly smart technology and possible privacy concerns becomes really blurred.

“The IoT challenge is likely to grow both in scale and complexity as seven billion humans are expected to coexist with 70 billion machines and perhaps 70,000 billion ‘smart things’, with numbers infiltrating the last redoubts of personal life,” says Gerald Santucci, head of the networked enterprise and RFID unit at the European Commission.

“In such a new context, the ethical worries are manifold: to what extent can surveillance of people be accepted? Which principles should govern the deployment of the IoT?”

Talking shirts

Peter Hustinx, European data protection supervisor, says that sometimes firms tend to overlook the importance of personal data.

“In much of the monitoring, tracking and tracing [devices]which are embedded in these facilities, there’s privacy relevance, and it will have to be compliant with the new European Commission Framework,” he says.

The Framework was signed by the European Commission in April 2011, and its main purpose is to safeguard consumer privacy and assure the public that web-connected objects are safe for the industry to develop – and for people to consume.

Take clothing, for instance.

A number of stores, among them major retail chain Wal-Mart, have started using RFID tags to enable employees to quickly check the stock by scanning items on shelves, and to track products more easily from manufacturing to the final delivery.

But privacy advocates are concerned that the same RFID reader could also read the data on, say, a consumer’s passport or driving licence equipped with the same kind of chip – and it could lead to identity theft.

And although the tag is supposed to be removed at the checkout, if a consumer leaves the shop with the chip still attached, the item could be tracked on the street.

Once the tag is thrown away, it can still be scanned, enabling someone to get an idea of your shopping habits.

Hackers also know how to decode RFID tags.

And because the information is transmitted via radio waves, one can simply listen in.

That’s exactly what happened when the Soviets presented a US ambassador during the Cold War with a wooden carving of the Great Seal, bugged with an RFID predecessor – a device called The Thing.

The Americans failed to find it – just like modern RFID tags, it only worked when enabled by a radio wave – which led to the Soviets eavesdropping on the conversations at the ambassador’s office by beaming radio signals to it.

Going smart

Another way to make things smarter is by embedding sensors in them and sending data online via a wireless low-power technology called Zigbee.

Smart parking graphic
Sensors “tell” the driver where free parking
spaces are

IBM is doing just that – its project that remotely monitors the environment that could affect the health of elderly people in Bolzano, Italy, extended caretaker supervision with sensors embedded all over the patients’ homes, providing round-the-clock peace of mind not only for the patients but for their families too.

The sensors read the levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, temperature and smoke, and send the information to the caretakers’ PCs and mobile devices.

To protect the patients’ personal data, IBM uses encryption, says Bharat Bedi from the firm’s lab in Hursley, UK.

“And we’ve also added some anonymous features to the system – when you log on to the dashboard, you don’t see the person’s name or their exact address, they’ve been given almost like code names which only mean something to the council workers and the relatives,” he says.

A Spanish company Worldsensing has come up with a similar sensor-based technology.

With help of a special app on your smartphone, drivers can receive data from sensors installed in parking spaces, telling them where the closest free spot is.

“So that no one tries to sneak into your system and steal personal data – such as where you parked and how long you stayed – we use encryption, and also apply a decoupling technique that separates personal information from purely technical data,” says the firm’s chief technical officer, Mischa Dohler.

Chatting cars

Cars are rapidly becoming smart, too.

Toyota, for instance, has always been one of the frontrunners in telematics – and now it has decided to team up with Salesforce.com to allow cars to chat to their drivers on a private social network.

The venture, called Toyota Friend, will first work only for hybrid and electric cars. So if the battery is almost flat, for instance, the driver would receive a short message via Bluetooth on his or her smartphone.

In a demonstration at a Tokyo showroom, one of the Toyota owners showed such a message: “The charge will be completed by 2:15 am. Is that OK? See you tomorrow.”

RFID, supermarket
Stores all over the globe are tagging their items with RFID chips

The car will also be able to update its – and hence the driver’s – location.

And it is here that privacy issues may come into play. What if the location is revealed automatically, for instance if the owner forgets to modify the privacy settings, just like on Facebook?

But Salesforce.com’s Tim Barker says that privacy should not be a concern.

“Social Enterprise applications provide customers an opt-in to allow them to share information such as their location and ‘likes’, to enhance their experience as a customer and the information that they receive,” he says.

It is hard to predict how well all these issues will be addressed once the entire planet gets on the web.

But as Mischa Dohler from Worldsensing puts it, in our already digital and high-tech society, the IoT privacy issues have to be taken with a little pinch of salt.

“It’s just like with your phone and a credit card – your mobile phone operator and your bank know much more about your life than your wife or husband does,” he says.

“And this data is likely to be more critical than the type of jeans you wear or for how long you’ve been parked.”

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144 Comments on "Want a RFID Chip In Your Pants? No? Well They’re Coming Anyway"

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anon
3 years 8 months ago

Interesting that  over a thousand years ago Islams prophet predicted "By Him in Whose hand is my soul, the Hour will not come
until wild animals talk to men, and a man speaks to his whip or his shoe,
and his thigh will tell him about what happened to his family after he
left."

Cindy
4 years 5 months ago

A chip is NOT the mark of the beast. The mark on the hand or forehead is talking about our thoughts and actions. That is why it is crucial that we come correct with our characters. This period of grace that we have, we need to come clean to any malice we may have against anyone and to renew ourselves in the Lord. To do good, to live a fruitful life – if we're going to be lying, cheating and deceiving people such as joining any elite group of any kind, then our characters will not be formed in good.

Josiah
4 years 5 months ago

I hope you guys remember that ALL phones are RFIDs, not just the smart ones. It's all in the SIM card.

The only cheap and absolute way to block a radio signal is to build a Faraday cage – copper wire mesh will do. The finer the mesh, the more effectively it blocks EM waves.

Syrus Magistus
4 years 9 months ago
The real mark of the Beast is a fully calcified pineal gland. Calcification in this case means you have no imagination- no intuition, from the Seat of your Soul. Your pineal gland, when active (during sleep cycles for instance) forms a hyperdimensional tetrahedron shape, with one point exiting your crown, two from your neck, and one through your forehead. That's why the third eye is drawn on the forehead. Furthermore, your Pineal gland is literally constructed almost exactly like your physical eyeballs in its own way. There are rods and cones, vitreous fluids, etc. Every time you imagine something, trace… Read more »
Harley
3 years 4 months ago

Great stuff! Thanks

Syrus Magistus
4 years 9 months ago

Fucking creepy. I hope nobody's stupid enough to tolerate this in any capacity. Give them an inch and they'll take your whole body.

Kentaro
4 years 9 months ago

That's exactly right. Also, if they put the mark of the beast on a chip that's going to be even in your underwear, pretty soon us freedom fighters are gonna have to fight the good fight naked lol.

Tomboiidenim
4 years 9 months ago

Currently deleting facebook. (put in false info and changed all I can) MORMON LIFE HERE I COME

sheesss
4 years 9 months ago

let alone this RFID chip, even Facebook's new feature now is so freaking mind control. i feel like every single action is being monitored, freaky! Therefore i've deactivated my FB acc, but i know my info will always be in their archive

desi
4 years 9 months ago

That's truly the case. I also heard facebook has the tendency to infect your computers with trojans.

4 years 9 months ago

The mark of the beast is comin'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2KGwjno6v4

This version is by Willie Hutch off of the album of the same title. There is another by Shirley Caesar.

Susie
4 years 9 months ago

On channel 9's A Current Affair in Australia, last week, they talked about this topic and saying it's a "good"" thing so they know if someone steals something from a shop or for safety reasons.

BlackPower7
4 years 9 months ago

RFID= Mark of The Beast .

The biblical prophecy is inevitable .

Koviel
4 years 9 months ago

Do they have RFID's in oyster cards as well?

4 years 9 months ago
Oyster is a RFID card in itself. Yes, because RFID means Radio Frequency Identification or Identity. It tracks your moves and where about. All this systems are a worm-up to the real thing, because since they are being introduced in this different forms and utilities that will make people get used to them and aware and use them or know they can make things easy. In some way or form most of as use them already, but later the ultimate RFID that can be implanted will be introduced when they think people will be ready to accept because, they've already… Read more »
disgusted@theworld
4 years 9 months ago
This is seriously disgusting to read. I can't believe this is being allowed!!! What happened to privacy?? If people weren't so blinded by the government and media, they would be protesting things such as this as well as the mind control the media tries to do on us, which is WITHOUT a question influenced by the government to make us more stupid. Instead ppl are sitting infront of their televisions, reading meaningless magazines about stupid shit, listening to mind control music, UNAWARE that they are digging themselves and everyone else into deeper holes!!! If all of us thought this way… Read more »
jeyv
4 years 9 months ago

won't we get any privacy anymore? sheeesh annoying RFID, cant they make something that wouldnt bother ya privacy? hmm anyway we could just take them off right? (just a thought)

disgusted@theworld
4 years 9 months ago

not if we didn't know if they were there. And maybe by the time we realize, all of our info will be known.

HelloThere
4 years 9 months ago
A friend and I actually have had experience with RFID tracking. Mines was imbedded in a purse I purchased from Target, It wasnt until many incidents of tipping off store sensors while ENTERING the store that I decided to take a look at what the culprit was. Sure enough it was an RFID tag taped on the back of a identity card that many bags and wallets have. I threw it away and my issues ended. When I noticed the same thing happening to a friend during our shopping trips , I told her to hand the wallet over because… Read more »
4 years 9 months ago

most people have spiritually taking the mark of the beast and will line up to be chipped/marked…

4 years 9 months ago
Hey People! Can you just open this link: http://mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/10mit… Have you heard anything more blatant than the speach (the coming of NWO) of the Pre-candidate Mitt Romney, for USA Presidency!!! "Our next President will face many difficult and complex foreign policy decisions. Few will be black and white." and he continues: "But I am here today to tell you that I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free… Read more »
4 years 9 months ago

And he continues:

Some may ask, “Why America? Why should America be any different than scores of other countries around the globe?”

"I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world".

4 years 9 months ago
This man is so cold speaking that the others countries in the world are below USA! But in fact they were founded by freemasons, lucifer's soldiers. GOD did create the world, but USA was created by a little "horned rebel" to dominate the world. That's the truth! We have to be very focus on Michael Jackson's words before he died. Just to remind you, he said: "“People are always saying “Oh, they’ll take care of it, the government or they will…they?…they who?…it starts with US! It’s us or it will never be done”. He then closes with these sincerely spoken… Read more »
He said WHAT?
4 years 9 months ago

" “A typical city of the future in a full IoT situation could be a matrix-like place with smart cameras everywhere, detectors and non-invasive neurosensors scanning your brain for over-activity in every street,” says Rob van Kranenburg, a member of the European Commission’s IoT expert group "

Straight from the horse's mouth. STILL think the NWO is a "crazy conspiracy theory" ???

4 years 9 months ago

oh! really???

X
4 years 9 months ago

Know what comes between me and my Calvin Kleins? This dang RFID chip. Ow, that scratches!

Miss M
4 years 9 months ago
It's funny because I felt like I may have already had a chip in my clothing. I kept going out shopping around the Christmas season and occasionally I would set off the store shoplifting sensors, and it got to be such a hassle that I would have to tell the checkout people that I think I had something in purse tripping the sensors and appologize. Eventually one store owner told me that I probably have a chip in my clothing and she let me stick my shoes and purse through, then I put my jacket through and found the culprit.… Read more »
Emerald21
4 years 9 months ago

This reminds me of that Jimmy Neutron episode about his pants that he never picked up.

4 years 9 months ago
I just would like to make a statement of why the microchip may be the mark of the beast; because with this electronic implant, the can control your thoughts and emotions and thus make you a robot, (this is a sign of total rejection of God) and thus you will loose the power of choice, therefore you cannot be saved.. There is more I can say, but for now I just want to remind you that mankind's body function similar to electronics circuit, so electronics is a copy of mankind internal functions, so once a man made device (microchip) can… Read more »
TL
4 years 9 months ago

I work for a popular underwear company and one particular store that carries our goods pays to have a RFID tag in addition to the regular barcode. It is a "smart" inventory system. No scanning is needed once the item passes the doors because of the chip. It's everywhere people.

the inventors of rfi
4 years 9 months ago

I already own so many jeans. I won't be buying new technological jeans any time soon. I will keep the jeans I already have for many years to come.

Also, I don't need technological cars of any kind. I walk everywhere and I like it.

RenRenWay
4 years 9 months ago

reminds me of Jimmy Neutron episode where pants with chips run amok and try to take over the world. . . is this our future? @.@

Seen
4 years 9 months ago
Lovely… "G. Fahim Abbas says: October 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm What if the things that we are witnessing now; such as the ‘illuminati/freemason’ symbols are positive?" Doubtful. I come here because I'm not very good at symbolism; I by no means limit my research to just this site. Until my PC was knocked out by a page embedded with a virus, I had bookmarked quite a few mainstream and alternative outlets to track trends; I've always had an interest in Domestic and International affairs. The overall trends are simply disturbing to say the least. These symbols represent the political… Read more »
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