Posts tagged “Privacy”

China reveals massive smart ID card plan

China will replace paper national identification (ID) cards with electronic identity cards starting in 2004, according to wire agency Dow Jones. The new digital ID card, which uses smart ID technology, will be carried by 960 million Chinese citizens. The embedded microchip in the plastic card stores an individual’s personal information, which can be read… Read more »

Claim: RFID Will Stop Terrorists

Facing increasing resistance and concerns about privacy, the United States’ largest food companies and retailers will try to win consumer approval for radio identification devices by portraying the technology as an essential tool for keeping the nation’s food supply safe from terrorists. From Wired

Airports to Give Gadgets the Eye

In another invasion of privacy for Americans, CD players, cameras, laptops and other electronic devices will get greater scrutiny at airports after the U.S. government issued a warning Tuesday that ‘terrorists’ may try to use such items to conceal weapons or bombs. From Wired

Citizens' Intelligence Agency?

Website turns tables on government By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff, 7/4/2003 Annoyed by the prospect of a massive new federal surveillance system, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are celebrating the Fourth of July with a new Internet service that will let citizens create dossiers on government officials.

DARPA: Life Catalog Only the Beginning

LifeLog — the controversial Defense Department initiative to track everything about an individual — is just one step in a larger effort, according to a top Pentagon research director. Personalized digital assistants that can guess our desires should come first. And then, just maybe, we’ll see computers that can think for themselves. From Defense Tech

RFID: A moral dilemma

Supermarket chains and departments stores are considering the use of a new technology. A device that would some day replace bar codes. The chip comes in sizes as small as an ant’s head and emits radio signals that can carry information such as serial number that could be correlated with price, manufactured location, or expiration… Read more »

Biometric-based passport in the works

The State Department is developing a passport that contains biometric technology to authenticate the identities of U.S. citizens who travel abroad. A driving force behind the initiative is a new law that requires countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to issue machine-readable passports and incorporate biometric identifiers that comply with international standards. The… Read more »

Eye scan to order school dinners

Pupils at a school in Sunderland will be using an eye scanning security system, when their new £14m building opens in September. The technology will be used on pupils buying meals in the school canteen, and also in the library when children want to take out books. It will secretly pick out poorer pupils who… Read more »

Border tracking system will be partially operational by year’s end

One of the Bush administration’s most ambitious and complicated homeland security initiatives—the tracking of about 35 million foreign visitors as they enter and exit the United States annually—will be partially operational by the end of the year, Homeland Security Department officials said Tuesday. From

Foreign student tracking system called inefficient, intrusive

Under new homeland security laws, all U.S. schools have to register their foreign students in the database, known as the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The system keeps tabs on the courses students take, where they travel and whether they’ve had disciplinary problems or been arrested. From