Thursday, November 20, 2003

Generic identity?

According to The Register (Moratorium on RFID chips urged), the usual cabal of "privacy advocates" are urging that Radio Frequency ID tags (RFID) be scrapped, trashed and junk-heaped. Once again, the neo-luddites who don't understand the needs of anyone else except themselves are doing their best to halt the advance of technology. RFID is a boon to the retail industry, especially the high-volume, low-margin industries such as mass merchants (e.g., Wal-Mart) and grocers (e.g., Safeway). The idea that someone, somewhere knows what you're buying has already been addressed (ad infinitum) under the guise of affiliate cards.

Let's chip in, but a south sea island and ship off all the privacy-at-all-cost, anonymity-now crusaders who can then create their own private, anonymous society and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

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