November 6, 2007

WELCOME to 1984

From Yahoo! News:

RFID Chips in School Uniforms Track Students

How would feel about this: Tracking chips in kids' school clothing so that school officials can know their whereabouts during the school day?

Oh, it's happening. Ten students in a secondary school in the United Kingdom are being tracked through RFID implants in their school uniforms in a pilot program.


One possible side effect: Uniform sales may pick up as kids try to procure extra non-RFID-tagged clothing. As security expert Bruce Schneier writes on his blog: "So now it's easy to cut class; just ask someone to carry your shirt around the building while you're elsewhere."


That last statement there from Bruce Schneier says it all. It's not enough to implant the chips in the clothes, it's too easy to trick the computer if you just have your friend carry around your shirt. Eventually, to make the system really work, the chips would have to be implanted into the body. Can you say SCARY? This idea needs to be shot down before it reaches more people, like the general public. In America. Or Oceana, as it might be called by then.

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