RFID Threat

Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on April 10, 2012

Do you know what a RFID chip is? It stands for Radio Frequency ID and they are tiny chips that can be embedded in products, pets, or people. They can be read from a distance of 60+ feet away, and according to Andre Barnett, presidential candidate for the Reform party, can even be read from a satellite in space, though I won’t vouch for this myself.

Most RFID’s are innocuous devices, meant to be scanned at various points in a supply chain, all the way to a consumer’s home. That helps sellers know and track buyer behavior. Do you really care if some marketer knows that you bought a new dishwasher? And in some cases, it might be nice to track an item that you don’t want stolen.

But it’s a slippery slope when those devices get implanted in your driver’s license because the fed requires it (see HR 418 The Real ID Act, a bill that already passed) or when they are used in humans, as the military does.

BTW, all you have to do to deactivate your RFID is to put your driver’s license in your microwave oven on high for 5 seconds or hit the chip with a hammer. Warning: you’ll want to read the following article first before you do so:


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