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May 2011
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Ys [userpic]

What. The. Fuck.

I mean, I'm glad someone is doing something about it, but I am blown away that such legislation is even worth thinking about, much less necessary. Maybe I'm not cynical enough.

Never thought that'd happen.

Current Mood: shockedstunned

I can see it after having worked here. Companies here require badges everywhere on campus, and there's the ethic of having your cell phone constantly on you and available for calls; this is the next step.

Too far. It's just too far. It's enough to have an ID card and security. They don't need to implant you with a device that's on you 24/7. That is totally a violation of privacy in your own home.

If they're anything like pet microchips, the scanner has to be in close proximity to id the chip. Not the sort of thing that's going to track down employees' favorite watering holes after work by zooming in from the SeKriT corporate satellite. Sounds like they're using it for data center access control to prevent employees for passing their key cards around. Not entirely unreasonable from that angle. You don't like it, don't work there. I never wanted to work at a department store because they made everyone carry those awful clear plastic purses to work and I like a little privacy for what's in my bag.

More bogglesome to me are several of the other bills listed: fining inmates for cvellphone and tobacco posession, random fees on shipping containers ("it's not a tax, it's a FEE!"), and yet another superfluous cell phone while driving ban (hint: careless/reckless/distracted driving is already on the books, cause is irrelevant).

If they're anything like pet microchips, the scanner has to be in close proximity to id the chip.

Pretty much any RFID tag can be read at 2 to 3 times the advertised distance using a RFID skimmer built for under $200. Some chips have been read at 4 or 5 times the advertised max distance. The equipment is often a little bulky, but a person with a RFID skimmer in a backpack could walk down a street and harvest a lot of information while maintaining acceptable social distances. Those read ranges are only going to grow as hackers refine their techniques and equipment.

'Course they can read an RFID in an ID card as easily as they could one in an arm, and the option to tell the potential employer to get stuffed is still there.

(And of course, there is the whole encryption thing, what information is really on the RFID, and so on... But the short detection range thing is more marketing than truth. The detector built by the manufacturer isn't the only detector possible.)

Larger skimmers can be installed in a van and parked in a high traffic area. At some point, you run into the problem of how much energy the chip can actually handle, but to my knowledge, that has never been tested, and the whole thing's pretty sturdy.

More worrisome than the company use is the logical progression. If it's okay for companies to collect information on their employees, store the information in a database, and then chip them with their ID number (which could be used appropriately by any hacker who knows where they work), it won't take long for the government--which is already collecting and collating information--to think chipping citizens at birth would be a lovely idea.

I think everybody is pretty aware these days that the information security for private companies is better than anything the government uses for citizen information, and none of it can stop a determined hacker. We've got a bad enough problem with identity theft already.

Now we just need to get them out of US passports.

Keep in mind that most companies and government agencies actually believe this is a good thing, that those "under" them will blindly accept their judgment that this is a good thing, and expect all us little peons to cheerfully line up and get chipped.

The real problems will come when it finally dawns on the "decision makers" that there might be some sort of "radical minority" opposed to this and they start working on a covert "solution."