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RFID Chips are Here

RFID is being embedded in everything from clothes to money and your privacy is disappearing.

RFID 101

Invented in 1969 and patented in 1973

1/3 of a millimeter wide

build a more sensitive RFID receiver.

prices are dropping.

Delta tagging 40,000 customer bags

Three seaport operators track the 17,000 containers that arrive each day at US ports.

The US Department of Defense is using RFID to trace military supply shipments.

Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia RFID tags in 80,000 employee uniforms in order to stop theft.

Visa smart cards use RFID chips to conduct transactions.

Michelin is going to insert RFID tags into its tires.

The European Central Bank may embed RFID chips in the euro note. Ostensibly to combat counterfeiters and money-launderers, it would also enable banks to count large amounts of cash in seconds.


Gillette (which purchased 500 million RFID tags for its razors), Home Depot, The Gap, Proctor & Gamble, Prada, Target, Tesco (a United Kingdom chain), and Wal-Mart. Especially Wal-Mart.

Walmart, & Gillette are making "smart shelves" that alert managers to restock razors.

Wal-Mart intends for its top 100 suppliers to fully support RFID for inventory tracking by 2005. Wal-Mart will point an RFID reader the 1 billion sealed boxes of widgets it receives yearly

There is no law requiring a label indicating that an RFID chip is in a product.

RFID-tagged shoes,

Everything you own is "numbered, identified, catalogued, and tracked."

placing RFID tags into all sensitive or important documents: "it will be practical to put them in paper money, in drivers' licenses, passports, stock certificates, manuscripts, university diplomas, medical degrees and licenses, birth certificates, and any other sort of document where authenticity is paramount."

Applied Digital Solutions has designed an RFID tag

Delegates to the Chinese Communist Party Congress were required to wear an RFID-equipped badge at all times .

. You can crush it, puncture it, or microwave it (but be careful of fires!

You can't drown it, however, and you can't demagnetize it.

So don't be lulled into a false sense of security.