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Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« on: July 24, 2010, 05:53:13 pm »


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704421304575383213061198090.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates say better controls inventory but some critics say raises privacy concerns.

Starting next month, the retailer will place removable "smart tags" on individual garments that can be read by a hand-held scanner. Wal-Mart workers will be able to quickly learn, for instance, which size of Wrangler jeans is missing, with the aim of ensuring shelves are optimally stocked and inventory tightly watched. If successful, the radio-frequency ID tags will be rolled out on other products at Wal-Mart's more than 3,750 U.S. stores.

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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags (& How to DISABLE)
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2010, 05:59:28 pm »
and with the 3-D surveillance system, this should be a big win for the geo-cybernetics agenda!
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags (& How to DISABLE)
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2010, 11:34:52 pm »
geo-cybernetics

Sounds like the rise of Skynet in the Terminator series.

Its hard to imagine the machines themselves rising up on their own, but instead the big mega corporations who actually have the money to fund cybernetic armies accomplishing this is not that far fetched.

That will be strangely ironic if the Terminator series becomes more of a prophetic movie rather than "science fiction"
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags (& How to DISABLE)
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2010, 08:16:51 am »
I have a better solution, STOP SHOPPING AT WAL-MART!!

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2010, 08:19:12 am »
I have a better solution, STOP SHOPPING AT WAL-MART!!

That is a BINGO!!!
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2010, 09:02:52 am »
I understand the possible privacy concerns regarding this, and certainty the path we're heading towards RFID is destructive one taking into consideration the political atmosphere.

However, what is wrong with a business employing such features for their services? Of course if the tags are not removable after leaving the store then we have a major problem.

However when you walk into a Walmart, you're walking into a privately owned business, they have the right to employ any means they desire. If you don't like how they're doing business, use your consumer sovereignty and don't shop there.

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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2010, 09:10:00 am »
In the UK the tags go home with you - there have been reports that they have now found ways to track how long you keep items before you dispose of them !

I`m not sure how it works exactly but that has to be a major problem?
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2010, 09:12:15 am »
In the UK the tags go home with you - there have been reports that they have now found ways to track how long you keep items before you dispose of them !

I`m not sure how it works exactly but that has to be a major problem?

f**k yeah it's a major problem!

Especially if you don't know or can't see them (assuming they're microchips embedded somewhere).

We move then from private businesses to private businesses evading your private business.

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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2010, 09:19:02 am »
I understand the possible privacy concerns regarding this, and certainty the path we're heading towards RFID is destructive one taking into consideration the political atmosphere.

However, what is wrong with a business employing such features for their services? Of course if the tags are not removable after leaving the store then we have a major problem.

However when you walk into a Walmart, you're walking into a privately owned business, they have the right to employ any means they desire. If you don't like how they're doing business, use your consumer sovereignty and don't shop there.

WAL-MART IS NOT A PRIVATE BUSINESS

THEY ARE SUBSIDIZED BY TAXPAYERS!

It is against the 4th amendent, a violation of the constitution and part of the Brzezinski plan to enslave humanity.

When you walk into Wal-Mart you are not walking into a private business. You are walking into part of the fascist state mechanism for genocide, depopulation, and global slavery.

But the prices are really good ;)



Wal-Mart Welfare
How taxpayers subsidize the world's largest retailer.
by Jenna Wright Dollars and Sense magazine, January/February 2005

 
Wal-Mart has released its expansion plans for 2005, and Americans can expect up to 230 new supercenters to open in their communities. The company plans to open SO million square feet of retail space this year. President and CEO Lee Scott is confident the expansion will boost Wal-Mart's bottom line. But it takes money to make money, and WalMart is getting a surprising amount of that seed money, along with massive subsidies to its existing operations, from U.S. taxpayers.

A raft of studies show that millions of taxpayer dollars are flowing to new and existing Wal-Mart stores around the country. In many instances, individual Wal-Mart facilities have received either direct or indirect subsidies from states and localities. Last May, Good Jobs First (GJF), a research and advocacy group that seeks to hold corporations accountable when they receive public subsidies, released a report detailing subsidies WalMart has received to build both retail stores and the network of nearly 100 distribution centers the company has created to facilitate its expansion. The group found that over 90% of the company's distribution centers have been subsidized. It also uncovered 91 instances when the retail stores received public funds, and believes "the real total is certainly much higher."

GJF investigators documented 244 Wal-Mart subsidy deals with a total value of $1.008 billion. Taxpayer dollars have helped individual stores and distribution centers with everything from free or cut-price land to general grants. One example: in Sharon Springs, N.Y., a distribution center made a deal with an industrial development agency for the agency to hold the legal title to the facility so the corporation could evade property taxes. Good Jobs First estimates that Wal-Mart will save about $46 million over the life of this one agreement.

More: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Corporate_Welfare/WalMart_Welfare.html



"WAL-MART WELFARE"

Americans love clear highways and are willing to pay billions of dollars for the chance that they might one day see what one looks like. Congress has done their best to bring this dream to fruition, and recently passed a $284 billion highway bill as proof of their dedication.

The highway bill they passed is a 1,132 page mammoth that contains something for almost everyone in the nation. In fact, the legislation contained 4,128 political earmarks at a total cost of $12.4 billion. Nearly every member of the House got a few projects for their district, and the bill’s authors cashed in big.

Some of these projects that received earmarked funds are important, such as the $2 million for the rebuilding of the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati. But there’s one earmark tucked into the bill that will make your head spin. In our ten years of congressional oversight, we rate this as one of the worst examples of corporate welfare we’ve ever seen.

First, think about the following question. If there is one company that is so big, so rich, and so powerful that it should never get a federal dime, who would you name? A short list that might spring to mind would include GM, ExxonMobil, Microsoft and a few others. Did you think about Wal-Mart? If so, you get our gold star.

More: http://www.progress.org/2005/tcs179.htm



Wal-Mart: The Ultimate Corporate Welfare Queen
Joshua Holland at 10:57 AM on June 5, 2007.


Wal-mart Subsidy Watch is new website that came online today to track the millions in corporate welfare that the notorious chain store sucks up each year -- subsidies that help the store that's done so much to downgrade what it means to be an American worker continue to reap healthy profits while keeping its everyday low prices low.

Phillip Mattera, of Good Jobs First and the Corporate Research Project (and an occasional AlterNet contributor) is one of the new site's organizers, and he sent over a press release giving the lowdown on the new project¦

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is often accused of growing at the expense of smaller retailers, continues to benefit enormously from state and local government economic development subsidies, including 39 deals worth more than $200 million in just the past three years. This according to Good Jobs First, a non-profit research group which today issued an update of its landmark 2004 report Shopping for Subsidies, which found more than $1 billion in subsidies for Wal-Mart facilities.

More: http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/53177



Wal-Mart, the Abuse of Eminent Domain and Corporate Welfare
By Stacy Mitchell Published December 2003


Most of Alameda Square's businesses are profitable. Together they generate about $125,000 a year in sales tax revenue. But if the city of Denver has its way, these small businesses will be evicted to make way for a Wal-Mart super-center. The city's Urban Renewal Authority has threatened condemnation if the property owners refuse to sell and has offered Wal-Mart $10 million in public subsidies. That's right: Tax dollars would go to one of the country's most profitable and powerful corporations.

Because they lease their spaces, the storekeepers will receive little compensation. The city has offered to help them find new locations, but it is unlikely they will end up together, which has been key to their success as a regional destination for Asian shoppers. Some, like Kings Land Chinese restaurant, which books weddings months in advance, are already losing business.

As big chains like Wal-Mart have grown and multiplied over the last decade, tens of thousands of independent businesses have closed. Most people assume that local retailers are being beaten fair-and-square by companies that offer consumers a better deal.

But as Alameda Square vividly illustrates, consumer choices are not all that's driving the growth of corporate chains. Public policy plays a major role.  Wal-Mart leads the pack in attracting subsidies, this year collecting $10 million in Denver; $500,000 in Dallas; $36.7 million in Scottsdale, Ariz., (as part of a shopping center that includes Lowe's); $9 million in Bartlesville, Okla.; and $17 million in Lewiston, Maine.  Local officials argue these big stores warrant subsidies because of the jobs and tax revenue they generate. But in most cases the big boxes do more harm than good.

More: http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/independent_business/walmart_eminent_domain.html



Plus they use the former Board of Director HILARY CLINTON to stop any lawsuits and they take out multi-million dollar insurance policies on workers they think are going to die quickly.
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2010, 09:22:47 am »
Thanks for the info Digler. I had a suspicion they weren't "private" at the very least. I'll read those links.

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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2010, 09:23:37 am »
f**k yeah it's a major problem!

Especially if you don't know or can't see them (assuming they're microchips embedded somewhere).

We move then from private businesses to private businesses evading your private business.

I also read that some how they plan to put chip readers into "wheelie bins" (Garbage bins that the local govt empty for those who have no clue what a wheelie bin is!)

Not only will these record what is in your rubbish (to comply with recycling compliance) but once they are put on the truck to be emptied they can be downloaded and transferred to the council !

Who no doubt keep it in a data base which can be accessed for a fee . . .

Crazy stuff.

Its hard to find these chips - its possible to use a "hole punch" on some items to remove them if you know where they are . . .
If you don`t know where they are though then its a problem.

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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2010, 09:25:08 am »
Tell Congress to Investigate the Wal-Mart Spy Scandal
Please join us in calling for Congress to investigate the Wal-Mart spy scandal
http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/bigbrother/

As revealed by recent articles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal , Wal-Mart has hired a number of former CIA, FBI and Justice Department officials to create a sophisticated counter surveillance team to spy on its employees.

Several weeks ago, Wal-Mart revealed that one of the technicians on its Threat, Research and Response team (the group responsible for surveillance) was eavesdropping on conversations between Wal-Mart employees and a reporter from the New York Times. In addition, Wal-Mart revealed that other non-Wal-Mart employees were either recorded or had their text messages intercepted, but would not reveal the identities of those people or what search terms were used to do its surveillance.

Since we know the goal of Wal-Mart’s spy program was to identify the source of documents that were given to the WakeUpWalMart.com campaign, it is only logical to conclude that members of our campaign may have had their privacy invaded. At a minimum, the Wal-Mart spy scandal raises serious questions about the extent to which corporations should be allowed to spy on their employees.

Please write a letter to Congress today, calling for an investigation of the Wal-Mart spy scandal

We believe Congress should investigate the Wal-Mart spy scandal to determine:

1) the extent to which high level executives were involved in giving orders to Wal-Mart’s Threat, Research and Response team;

2) who are the other non-Wal-Mart employees whose privacy was invaded, potentially illegally;

3) given this is the second high-profile example of a major Fortune 500 company recording conversations of reporters and employees, an overall review of the laws governing what corporations can and cannot do in terms of spying on their employees and others.
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2010, 09:27:44 am »
From November 10, 2003 
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/broken-arrow.html


Scandal: Wal-Mart, P&G Involved in Secret RFID Testing

American consumers used as guinea pigs for controversial technology

Do you have an RFID tag in your Lipfinity lipstick package?

If you bought Lipfinity at a Broken  Arrow Wal-Mart between late March and mid-July of 2003, you may.

What's more, if you find one, it's probably live.

http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/broken-arrow.html

Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble conducted a secret RFID trial involving Oklahoma consumers earlier this year, the Chicago Sun Times revealed on Sunday. Customers who purchased P&G's Lipfinity brand lipstick at the Broken Arrow Wal-Mart store between late March and mid-July unknowingly left the store with live RFID tracking devices embedded in the packaging. Wal-Mart had previously denied any consumer-level RFID testing in the United States. 

"It proves what we've been saying all along," says Katherine Albrecht, Founder and Director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN). "Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble and others have experimented on shoppers with controversial spy chip technology and tried to cover it up. Consumers and members of the press should be upset to learn that they've been lied to." 

The Sun Times also reported that a live video camera trained on the shelf allowed Procter & Gamble employees, sometimes hundreds of miles away, to observe the Lipfinity display and consumers interacting with it. 

"This trial is a perfect illustration of how easy it is to set up a secret RFID infrastructure and use it to spy on people," says Albrecht. "The RFID industry has been paying lip service to privacy concerns, calling for notice, choice and control. But companies like P&G, Wal-Mart and Gillette have already violated all three tenets when they thought nobody was looking. This is exactly why we oppose item-level RFID tagging and have called for mandatory labeling legislation." 

The Lipfinity tests were conducted while Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble were sponsors of the MIT Auto-ID Center, a consortium of over 100 corporations and government agencies founded in 1999. Auto-ID Center trials were overseen by a Board of Directors, which included both Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble, along with the Uniform Code Council (UCC), the standards body that oversees the bar code. The UCC (along with EAN International) took over commercial functions from the Auto-ID center on November 1, 2003.
Chicago EPC Symposium slide shows RFID tag inside a P&G Pantene shampoo bottle lid.  (See source document)

To view other RFID tag images, click here.   


"Given the players, the Wal-Mart Lipfinity trial probably isn't an isolated incident," says CASPIAN spokeswoman Liz McIntyre. "UCC and Auto-ID Center documents suggest that other products, including Huggies baby wipes, Pantene shampoo, Caress soap, Purina Dog Chow and Right Guard deodorant were also slated for live RFID field trials. Coca Cola, Kraft, Kodak and Johnson & Johnson products are also implicated. However, it may be difficult for consumers to learn the extent of those trials in the current climate of secrecy and denials."   

(Links to documentation provided below.) 

Disclosure of the Broken Arrow trial is only the latest scandal to hit the privacy plagued RFID industry. Early this year, CASPIAN called for a worldwide boycott of Italian clothing manufacturer Benetton when the company announced plans to equip women's undergarments with live RFID tracking tags (see http://www.boycottbenetton.org). This summer, CASPIAN uncovered an RFID-enabled Gillette "smart shelf" in a Brockton, Massachusetts Wal-Mart and helped disclose Gillette's scheme to secretly photograph consumers picking up Mach3 razor blades in UK Tesco stores (see http://www.boycottgillette.com/spychips.html). The group also revealed confidential industry plans to "pacify" consumers and "neutralize opposition" in the hope that consumers will be "apathetic" and "resign themselves to the inevitability" of RFID product tagging (see press release).

CASPIAN encourages consumers to contact Wal-Mart, P&G and the UCC to voice their opinion about the use of RFID spy chips in consumer products. Contact information for these companies is provided on the group's RFID website at http://www.spychips.com

For links to documents implicating other consumer products in item-level tagging trials, see: 

"The EPC Network, RFID and data" at http://www.autoid.org/SC31/clr/200305_3822_UConnect%20I4.pdf

"EPC Field Test" at http://cryptome.org/rfid/field_test_nov02.pdf 

"Lessons Learned in the Real World" (note, for example, pages 25 & 26) at http://cryptome.org/rfid/rfid-field-test.pdf 

Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999. With members in all 50 U.S. states and over 20 nations across the globe, 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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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2010, 09:29:48 am »
Rolling Back Taxes
http://blog.wakeupwalmart.com/ufcw/2007/11/walmart_scandal_1.html

Wal-Mart has been called "America's Tax Deadbeat", and with good reason. Shortly after Good Jobs First released its report on Wal-Mart's aggressive property tax reassessment tactics, The WSJ reported that Wal-Mart could owe up to $2.5 billion in unpaid taxes.

Wal-Mart paid financial giant Ernst & Young over $2 million to draft a state tax minimization strategy which the consultants described as "very aggressive," and "with considerable risk," as the WSJ reports.
Companies often assert that tax savings are simply happy byproducts of transactions pursued for other business reasons. But documents from the North Carolina case indicate that Wal-Mart, from the outset, had one primary purpose: cutting its state income taxes

Ironically, Wal-Mart has consistently used the promise of tax revenues as a selling point in reluctant host communities.
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2010, 09:31:47 am »
I also read that some how they plan to put chip readers into "wheelie bins" (Garbage bins that the local govt empty for those who have no clue what a wheelie bin is!)

Not only will these record what is in your rubbish (to comply with recycling compliance) but once they are put on the truck to be emptied they can be downloaded and transferred to the council !

Who no doubt keep it in a data base which can be accessed for a fee . . .

Crazy stuff.

Its hard to find these chips - its possible to use a "hole punch" on some items to remove them if you know where they are . . .
If you don`t know where they are though then its a problem.

Here's an article talking about what you're saying. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2006/aug/28/localgovernment.science

Interesting that it was written in 2006!



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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2010, 09:33:00 am »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/american-eagle-denies-rfid.html
August 9, 2006


AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS DENIES RFID USE
Crisis PR Firm Disavows Incriminating Video on Eve of Major Conference


On the eve of a major RFID apparel and footwear conference, privacy activists are asking questions about an Orwellian industry video presentation depicting the use of Radio Frequency Identification at an American Eagle Outfitters store. The animated video, created by technology integrator CompEx Inc., depicts how a retailer could embed the controversial technology into clothing and credit cards to secretly identify and track consumers--even deliver targeted marketing messages.


"American Eagle Outfitters has assured us that it is not using RFID in its stores or operations, and we applaud them for that. But consumers need to know that this technology exists and what it could mean for them. We have documentation showing that other companies are looking closely at these types of invasive applications," said Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht, co-authors of "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID."


The video shows a consumer walking into an American Eagle Outfitters store, being remotely identified through the American Eagle Outfitters credit card in his pocket, and purchasing items with RFID tags hidden in the store's branded clothing. The graphic footage concludes with a full-facial biometric scan conducted through a pinhole camera at checkout.


The animated flash clip is posted on the authors' website at:
http://www.spychips.com/RFIDclothingstoredemo.html


Although the footage was created in 2002, its disclosure yesterday had an immediate impact on senior management at American Eagle Outfitters. McIntyre says that within minutes of sending the video clip to an executive at American Eagle, she received a call from Ed Nebb, senior director of investor relations and crisis communications at Berns Communications Group. He issued the following statement:


"American Eagle currently does not use any RFID systems, either in supply chain management, consumer credit card or loyalty programs, or anywhere else within our operations. We highly value and respect our customers' privacy. The fact that a vendor may have offered a system demonstration should not be interpreted as an intention on our part to adopt such a system in the future."


CompEx Inc. President Aram Kovach, who developed the video, told McIntyre that American Eagle Outfitters had requested the RFID demonstration. "They asked us to come out," he said, explaining that the executives later traveled to Kovach's office in Ohio to see a working prototype.


The RFID tracking capability depicted in the video is feasible. "It worked," Kovach said. "All of these things can be done." But he noted that the cost of the tags was a big barrier to adoption.


McIntyre and Albrecht worry that companies deterred by cost issues may be reviving such plans now that the price of tags has dropped below the $.08-cent range.


They point to the RFID Apparel and Footwear Conference to be held at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology next week as a reason for concern. The event, co-sponsored by RFID Journal and the American Apparel and Footwear Association, promises "to show you how RFID can uniquely benefit the apparel and footwear industry." However, unlike past RFID events, where members of the press were welcomed, the promotional literature for the conference states:


"The entire conference is off limits to the press, so you can be sure you'll get candid insider insight that you can't hear anywhere else."


"It's clear that implementing RFID in apparel and footwear is being discussed behind closed doors," said Albrecht. "Our concern is that the companies working to integrate RFID into clothing operations are keeping their plans from the public. A case in point is Levi Strauss, which is selling clothes with RFID hang tags attached, but refusing to disclose the test location."


The pair is asking the conference sponsors to explain the need for secrecy at their event. "What is it they're discussing that they don't want the press to know?" Albrecht asks. "The press restriction is obviously not designed to keep proprietary information from industry competitors, since any apparel or footwear company can attend the event at a discounted rate. Clearly, excluding the press is an attempt to prevent the public from learning about the industry's plans to use RFID tracking devices in clothing."


Albrecht and McIntyre have posted a promotional email for the conference that specifies the press restriction at:
http://www.spychips.com/RFIDApparelandFootwearConference.html


ABOUT "SPYCHIPS"


Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht are the authors of "Spychips: How Major Corporations Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID." The book draws on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing -- and frightening -- picture of the consumer privacy threat posed by RFID.


Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a "techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."


Two days prior to its release in 2005, "Spychips" flew the top of the Amazon bestseller charts, hitting number one as a "Mover & Shaker," making its way to the top-ten Nonfiction bestseller list, and spending weeks as a Current Events bestseller. In a nod to the book's focus on freedom, Spychips was awarded the prestigious Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and named "the year's best book on liberty."
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2010, 09:33:53 am »
Frequently Asked Questions About RFID
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/../faqs.html

Q. What is RFID?
A. Radio Frequency IDentification is an automatic data capture technology that uses tiny tracking chips affixed to products. These tiny chips can be used to track items at a distance--right through someone's purse, backpack, or wallet. Many of the world's largest manufacturing companies would like to replace the bar code with these "spy chips," meaning that virtually every item on the planet--and the people wearing and carrying those items--could be remotely tracked. There is currently NO REGULATION protecting consumers from abuse of this technology. >> Learn More about RFID

Q. What do RFID chips and tags look like?
A. RFID chips are usually attached to antennas. The chip and antenna combination is called a "tag." RFID tags vary widely in size, shape and color. We have pictures of several of these chips online:
Click here for images of RFID tags
Click here for images of an RFID tag used in a Gillette Mach 3 Razor package

Q. What companies make or use RFID devices?
A. We have a list of 103 companies that were sponsors of the MIT Auto-ID Center as of June 25, 2003. The MIT Auto-ID Center is the organization that developed the infrastructure for RFID with the help of global businesses like Gillette, Unilever and Procter & Gamble. We expect that these companies will be among the first to adopt the technology.

Q: How can I tell if there's an RFID chip in my ____?
A: Since no law requires manufacturers to tell you when they've put an RFID chip into a product or its packaging, the only way for an average consumer to know if a product contains a chip is to see it with his or her own eyes. (Or you can invest in an electronics lab and costly RFID readers.) The good news is that most RFID devices in commercial use today have a fairly conspicuous antenna, ranging from the size of a fingernail to the size of a full-sized sheet of paper. If you suspect that an item contains a hidden RFID chip, here are a few search tips: Look closely at any paper labels or stickers on the object. Peel them off and hold them up to the light. Do you see flat, dark or metallic lines converging on a central point? If so, you may be looking at the antenna of an RFID chip. The least invasive ways to check for RFID chips in shoes is to pull back the inner pads and look around or have the shoes X-rayed. The problem with RFID chips is that they can be embedded in plastic, foam, rubber or other materials at the manufacturing plant. Short of destroying the shoes or having them X-rayed, it would be hard to find deeply embedded chips. We are still researching the use of RFID chips in shoes to determine the extent of any chipping. (See the Q & A on shoes below for more information.) If the item is made of cardboard, first scan its surface. Do you see a small, clear, flat plastic housing the size of a match head stuck anywhere onto the cardboard? If so, is it hooked up to a flat, metallic antenna or to matte grey spray-on ink? If so, you are most likely looking at an RFID tag. Pull the cardboard layers apart and look for a tell-tale antenna embedded inside. It is rumored that International Paper, an Auto-ID Center sponsor that makes packages for consumer goods, among other things, may be devising ways to embed RFID tags directly into paper and cardboard packaging. If you have access to an X-ray machine (say, if you're a veterinarian or a chiropractor) you can X-ray the item to see if it contains an RFID tag. Since most antennas are metal-based, you should be able to spot an RFID tag in this way.* Again, you are looking for an antenna converging on a central dot-sized chip. If you find something unusual and would like us to take a look, drop us an email. *Note that some highly advanced defense department and academic research chips do not have a "tell-tale antenna" since they combine the antenna within the chip itself. These devices can be so small they would be nearly impossible to find.

Q: What do I do if I find an RFID chip? Can I kill or disable it?
A: You can disable a chip for all practical purposes by disconnecting it from its antenna. It is usually pretty obvious where the chip is located in an RFID tag (all the antennas will run to it). Once you find the tiny black square you can use a pair of scissors or a knife to cut it off. To ensure that the tiny chip cannot later be read (assuming anyone could even find a device so small), you can puncture it with a straight pin, crush it, or pulverize it. (Note: While burning or microwaving can destroy a chip, we do not recommend these methods because of fire risk. See the Q & A below.) Do not try to "drown" it, since water does not generally destroy RFID chips. Running a magnet over the chip will not work, either.

Q: Can I microwave products to kill any hidden RFID tags they might contain?
A: While microwaving an RFID tag will destroy it (a microwave emits high frequency electromagnetic energy that overloads the antenna, eventually blowing out the chip), there is a good chance the the tag will burst into flames first. The difficulty of destroying a hidden RFID chip is one reason we need legislation making it illegal to hide a chip in an item in the first place.

Q: Are there some products that can't be RFID chipped?
A: Items containing LIQUID or METAL are especially hard to chip. Liquids tend to absorb the electromagnetic energy needed to power the chip, while metal tends to reflect it and bounce it around in unpredictable ways. Both problems can cause interference in the RFID signal sent by a chip to the reader. These bugs are still being worked on. You can use this information about metal to your advantage. Has your store recently remodeled, replacing traditional metal shelving with new-fangled plastic shelves, to prevent interference with RFID transmission?

Q: Will a magnet erase an RFID chip?
A: No, the chips are not magnetically encoded. Running a magnet over the chip or using a tape eraser will not affect the chip.

Q: Can chips in clothing survive the washer and dryer?
A: Yes. Many RFID tags are designed to withstand years of normal wear and tear, including washing and drying. In fact, we know of at least one uniform rental company that uses RFID chips to keep track of its inventory. The chips hold up under the rough handling and commercial washings.

Q: Is it true there are plans to put RFID chips in Euro banknotes?
A: Hitachi has been working with the European Central Bank on the idea of putting RFID chips into Euro banknotes. This would eliminate the anonymity of cash by making it trackable. In essence, it would "register" your cash to you when you get it from the teller or take it out of the ATM. Euro banknotes could be RFID tagged as early as 2005. See: "Euro Notes May be Radio Tagged" at http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t295-s2135074,00.html for details.

Q: Does U.S. currency contain RFID chips?
A: To the best of our knowledge, US currency does NOT currently contain RFID chips.

Q: What's the read range of these chips? Can they be tracked by satellite?
A: There are two types of tags: "passive" (no independent power source) and "active" (containing a battery or attached to one). Depending on a number of factors (antenna size, RF frequency, environmental conditions etc.) a passive tag can have a range of anywhere from 1 inch to 40 feet. Active tags can have a read range of miles or more. Most tags being considered for use in consumer products are passive.

Q: Is CASPIAN aware of any RFID tags in shoes?
A: We are aware of at least one company that uses embedded RFID technology in shoes for security purposes. According to the shoe company, the RFID labels they use do not contain unique product information. Rather, the RFID labels reportedly serve only to trigger an alarm if a consumer leaves the store without paying for the shoes. (Note that at a June 2003 RFID conference in Chicago, Alien Technology displayed a Wal-Mart Athletic Works® running shoe with an Alien RFID tag inserted under the insole. Alien said that the shoe was for display purposes only and that there were no planned/current trials or applications in those shoes. However, there was much excitement at the conference over the possibilities for RFID chips in shoes. Their stated reason for wanting to chip shoes was to keep shoe sizes together and match pairs. In our opinion, pervasive RFID chipping of shoes will become a frightening reality unless we tell companies that we will not buy products with chips!)
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2010, 09:35:52 am »
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http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/wal-mart-texas.html
May 11, 2004

Wal-Mart Tries New PR Spin to Accompany Item-level RFID Tagging
"Selling the technology with partial truths is unethical," says CASPIAN

Despite widespread consumer opposition, Wal-Mart began item-level RFID (radio frequency identification) tagging of consumer goods last week as part of a trial in Texas. In an apparent effort to minimize the backlash to its use of RFID tags, Wal-Mart has also begun a public relations campaign to promote the technology that some are calling unethical.

Shoppers at seven Dallas-Ft. Worth area Wal-Mart stores can walk into the consumer electronics department and find Hewlett-Packard products for sale with live RFID tags attached. Wal-Mart's public statements appear to leave open the possibility that other goods could be tagged with RFID as well.

The giant retailer's decision to tag individual items on the store floor violates a call for a moratorium on such tagging issued last November by over 40 of the world's most respected privacy and civil liberties organizations. The move has sparked sharp criticism by the privacy community.

"Wal-Mart is blatantly ignoring the research and recommendations of dozens of privacy experts," says  Katherine Albrecht, Founder and Director of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering). "When the world's largest retailer adopts a technology with chilling societal implications, and does so irresponsibly, we should all be deeply concerned."

In addition to violating the call for a moratorium on RFID-tagged items in stores, Wal-Mart has begun a consumer education campaign that CASPIAN is calling unethical.

"Read the FAQs at the Wal-Mart corporate web site and you'll find plenty of half truths," Albrecht says. "They call it consumer education, but the omissions and spin make it feel more like a calculated disinformation campaign."

Albrecht provides the example of Wal-Mart's statement that RFID tags in its stores are harmless since they contain nothing more than identification numbers. "While technically that's true, Wal-Mart fails to explain what it means for items to carry remote-readable unique ID numbers. It's like saying someone's social security number is 'only' a number, so sharing it with perfect strangers should be of no concern."

Albrecht explains that many major retailers today routinely link shoppers' identity information from credit, ATM and "loyalty" cards with product bar code numbers to record individuals' purchases over time. "If nothing is done to stop it, the same will happen with the unique RFID numbers on products. This means that if retailers can read an RFID tag on a product they previously sold you, they can identify you as you walk in the door and even pinpoint your location in their store as you shop," she said.

Albrecht also criticizes Wal-Mart for failing to tell consumers of the retailer's long-term goals for RFID. "The industry plan is to put an RFID tag on every product on Earth to identify and locate them at any time, anywhere. Wal-Mart is taking the first steps to creating a society where everything could be surveilled at all times. A shopper would hardly learn this by reading their website."

With potentially billions of dollars riding on RFID, global corporations are eager to see it deployed. However, consumer acceptance has proved to be an obstacle.

Procter & Gamble's own research suggests that 78 percent of consumers surveyed reacted negatively to the technology on privacy grounds and did not find industry reassurances compelling. Another industry study, published in January 2003, found similar misgivings among focus groups of consumers in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and the UK.

The most publicized trial of item-level RFID tagging to date, Metro-AG's "Future Store" in Rheinberg, Germany, met with massive consumer outcry earlier this year, culminating in a protest outside the store.

"Wal-Mart may soon be facing a similar backlash," said Albrecht.


CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999, and item-level RFID tagging since 2002. With members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 nations across the globe, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their privacy and to encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

CASPIAN is guided by free market principles. Rather than look to lawmakers for solutions to the consumer privacy problem, we call on consumers to reject privacy-invading practices so that they fail in the marketplace.

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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2010, 12:39:00 pm »
In the UK the tags go home with you - there have been reports that they have now found ways to track how long you keep items before you dispose of them !

I`m not sure how it works exactly but that has to be a major problem?

It will probably also send data about how many times you wash/dry them.  Carbon tax here we come yippeee!!!   >:(
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2010, 01:30:15 pm »
I have been saying for 20 years now, to anyone who would listen, Boycott Wal*Marx!

They have been in bed with the government for a while!
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2010, 02:05:01 pm »
It will probably also send data about how many times you wash/dry them.  Carbon tax here we come yippeee!!!   >:(

Yay ! sounds like a whole lot of fun !

I read somewhere that they might be moving toward rfid`s in UK money !

What fun !
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2010, 05:45:45 pm »
f**king creepy!
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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2010, 12:09:33 pm »
I have been saying for 20 years now, to anyone who would listen, Boycott Wal*Marx!

They have been in bed with the government for a while!

Kind of difficult when their prices are cheaper than mom and pop grocery stores and they drive all the businesses out of town.

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Re: Walmart to install Track You Everywhere RFID Tags
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2010, 12:32:29 pm »
Kind of difficult when their prices are cheaper than mom and pop grocery stores and they drive all the businesses out of town.



Get low prices now, pay dearly later-- has been my motto!

In all reality I am hard pressed to find a lot more cheaper well made products at Walmart! So you get what you pay for!

Mom and Pops cannot compete because Walmart can afford to buy in mass quantities and strong-arm the suppliers.  

By patronizing this establishment, it only allows them to become bigger bullies and then when all businesses are gone, the prices (low prices) will be gone!
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