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Privacy Issues and the Chip


Digital Converter box for TV has microphone and camera in it .
You are being listened to -- and watched-- in your own home
"By installing covert spy devices and hidden microphones inside our all but mandatory digital boxes, the government and whatever corporate entities get a slice of the pie, have direct access to our living rooms. This is the ultimate Big Brother scenario whereby the majority of Americans and Europeans will have Orwellian telescreens watching their every move.
Many will dismiss such claims as conspiracy fodder, but the fact is that Americans have been spied on for decades, previously under the Echelon program and more recently as part of the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program."

How to disable

How RFID tags could be used to track unsuspecting people--by Katherine Albrecht

Microchipping our privacy away -- ( good images )

RFID tags everywhere, monitoring, networking ( GRAPHIC)


Hidden data comes back to bite


VeriChip ---- our concern here at Apocalyptic Hope is not one of privacy ( although that IS a problem )
our concern is not one of medical " incompatibility" nor physical detriment , although that too IS a problem.

Our main concern is the fact that an implantable chip in the Right Hand or forehead--- that enables all financial transactions ( with the name, number and image of the beast ) and opens up all databases ---
will irreversibly commit one's soul to the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
Revelation 14: 9-11.
You can either believe that and refuse the VeriChip in the Right hand or forehead.....
or you can take the chip and find out in eternity ---- when it is too late--- that what God says does come to pass.

The choice is yours.

Checking out Pascal's Wager

Excellent site on Privacy

Alex Bard articles

From the Newswire ..Fair Educational Use

No privacy for anyone with subdermal chip
"When people understand the vulnerability of the technology and the absolute lack of any privacy protections or limits on information that can be broadcast, they understand why it's a legitimate source of concern," he said. --Sen. Joe Simitian ( California ) "

The paradox of privacy laws
"When the mark of the beast is implemented there will be NO privacy for anyone, so all these lawmakers trembling in their shoes about the loss of privacy and pushing through all these BIG privacy laws are in for a big surprise.  When the mark of the beast is implemented, everything about you will be known - NOTHING will be private, not your medical record, not your birth, not your criminal background, not your ethnic background, NOTHING will be private..... so - those left behind should not be surprised when this massive invasion of privacy occurs because it is already happening in subtle form throughout our society!

EPIC : Privacy issues


Don't implant me

" I am a, mostly, law abiding citizen.  I do not take kindly to people telling me what I can and cannot do.  I do not like people tracking my whereabouts.  When I leave my home, no one knows where I am except “out” and I’d like to keep it that way.  There is not a soul on this planet that needs to know where I am every moment of every day.  I wear a medic alert bracelet should something terrible happen to me while I’m out.  If wearing a bracelet versus being implanted means that those two seconds are the difference between life and death for me, then I chose death.  I will not be tracked and I will not allow others to decide that I need to be tracked.  Keep your RFID tags and chips and use them to track Fluffy or your cargo.  Do not come near me with them"

How your bank account is hacked with Chip and Pin
People who used the chip and PIN facilities at the BP garage in Brighton Road later found international debits on their statements,with some people having their accounts completely emptied. It is thought at least 20 people have fallen victim to the criminals
Police are now investigating the thefts,but a spokesman admitted officers were not due to visit the scene for the first time until yesterday (Wednesday). This is 10 days after one of the victims reported being scammed

"It seems they are taking small amounts of money from the accounts, so it's less easy to spot.
I won't be using chip and PIN anywhere anymore, it's much safer with cash

How privacy is compromised in the hospital

South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust has confirmed that its board has agreed that clinicians working in part of its A&E Department
can share smartcards to access patient records.
The trust passed the policy after deciding that the lengthy log-in times, averaging 60-90 seconds, it takes staff to log-on to the hospital's new patient administration system (PAS) every time they use it was not acceptable in a busy A&E environment

Medical Records accessed by Remote

Privacy - Anne Lenoir
The Data Protection Act 1998 has made a mockery of the principles of fairness and security. It is biased, misleading, unreliable and there are far too many exemptions for safety. The aim of this act was not to protect data, but to legalise data collection regardless of whether such a collection of data is justified at all and as we all know it is not. What is more, its 8 principles are inconsistent and incompatible with our fundamental right to privacy, which make this act unreliable and counter-productive ...

By failing to ask itself the right questions, the government has failed to realise that data collection and processing are responsible for the problems faced by most modern societies today. The facts remains that data are being used to commit organised crime (terrorism, ID theft, benefit fraud, forgery, sell of data, blackmail etc..), malpractice (discrimination, exclusion etc…) and abuse ( undue control, manipulation etc…), and this is not surprising considering the excessive amount of data being collected and processed everywhere
and forum

Verichip can be cloned

Westhues first held the RFID reader against Newitz's arm. He then scanned the tiny device again using an antenna connected to his laptop in order to record the signal transmitted by the implanted device. Westhues then waved the RFID reader by the antenna, revealing Newitz’s until then "unique" ID. This information is enough to produce a cloned chip, the hackers claim.
"Their [VeriChip's] website claims that it cannot be counterfeited — that is something that Jonathan and I have shown to be untrue," Newitz said, adding that the tiny RFID chip used by VeriChip contains no built-in security (such as a challenge response mechanism) that prevents the attack.

Can RFID invade your privacy ?

What is Privacy ?
In some cases, a simple Google search can reveal what you think. Like it or not, increasingly we live in a world where you simply cannot keep a secret.
The simple act of  surrendering a telephone number to a store clerk may seem innocuous — so much so that many consumers do it with no questions asked. Yet that one action can set in motion a cascade of silent events, as that data point is acquired, analyzed, categorized, stored and sold over and over again. Future attacks on your privacy may come from anywhere, from anyone with money to purchase that phone number you surrendered
there is abundant evidence that people live their lives ignorant of the monitoring, assuming a mythical level of privacy
Better 10 guilty persons escape than one innocent person suffer” is a phrase made famous by British jurist William Blackstone, whose work is often cited as the base of U.S. common law, and is invoked by the U.S. Supreme Court when it wants to discuss a legal point that predates the Constitution.

Waking up to a Surveillance Society

The level of surveillance will increase even further in the next 10 years, which could result in a growing number of people being discriminated against and excluded from society, says a report by the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas.
Future developments could include microchip implants to identify and track individuals, facial recognition cameras fitted into lampposts, and unmanned surveillance aircraft ( ED: drones, UAVs ) , predict the report’s authors.
Today I fear that we are in fact waking up to a surveillance society that is already all around us.

Climate of Suspicion
“As ever more information is collected, shared and used, it intrudes into our private space and leads to decisions that directly influence people’s lives. Mistakes can also easily be made with serious consequences false matches and other cases of mistaken identity, inaccurate facts or inferences, suspicions taken as reality and breaches of security

ED: highly questionable quote ....
“Surveillance is not a malign plot hatched by evil powers to control the population.
[ ED: One has to seriously question the truth of that statement . Most people feel that the opposite is true ] .
"The report gave warning that the extent of surveillance seems to indicate a world where the citizen is not trusted"

An automatic number plate recognition system that is used by police in Hertfordshire gives access to up to 40 nationally or locally held databases when tracking a vehicle, the report said.
With an estimated 4.2 million closed-circuit televisions in Britain — one for every 14 people — a person can be captured on more than 300 cameras each day

Consumer data are being divided into four categories; geographic, demographic, psychographic — which concerns aspects of a person’s class and values — and consumer behaviour.
Transactions involving the use of a credit card, mobile phone, the internet and bank cards provide trails linked to an individual or type of person, the report said
Elderly people suffering from degenerative diseases have had the chip implanted in their body so carers can locate them quickly, the report said.

The Death of Privacy

Privacy vs. Convenience

Cohn said Unisys' thesis was that a single, general strategy for ID authentication that could be adopted by businesses and governments -- and was interoperable worldwide -- would be more efficient than the varying systems now in place
.What the study found was that in every region of the world, people would accept an identification strategy such as the use of a multipurpose ID or smart card that could serve as a driver's license and an ATM card and could be used to pay tolls or for border crossings, Cohn said. A person's health records could also be put on it, he said.

"So it's a secure ID that can store multi-application data for multiple purposes," Cohn said. "And they put right on there digital certificates -- PKI certificates -- for encryption and authentications. So now that same card can be used for internet commerce to prove you are who you claim to be. This card could be used for 14 different purposes. We've issued about 17 million to people in Malaysia who voluntarily choose what they want their card to be used for. Other countries are doing it as well, but these systems are not interoperable."

VeriChip and Privacy debate
"VeriChip Corp. of Delray Beach, Fla., is selling kits containing scanners and the large-bore needles used to insert the chips, and recommending that doctors charge patients about $200 each.
"This device is intended to uniquely number humans. It's embedded in the flesh, and it's permanent. It can be read without someone's knowledge and consent," McIntyre said. "Scanners can be installed in doorways or ceiling tiles to track people's comings and goings without people even being aware it's happening. That's not so far off."

European Commission : Data Retention Directive
"Concerns about the privacy of personal information remain high on the agenda beyond the United States, with Europeans subject to a new law obliging companies to retain data on communications, while the more authoritarian governments in Asia regularly scrutinize their citizens.
 In Europe, online privacy now hinges primarily on the Data Retention Directive passed by the European Commission late last year, said Ian Brown, a senior research manager at the Cambridge-MIT Institute.
 "The directive really makes it a lot easier for governments and companies in Europe to learn about who is doing what on the Internet," Brown said. "The problem with the requirement to store online data is that it can easily be misused."  
The directive calls for Internet service providers and telephone companies in all 25 members of the European Union to retain information on all communications, including the source, destination, time and duration. For mobile phones, companies must also track the location of callers when they make or receive calls
You can already see the privacy debate moving to the realm of automated massive data mining," [ Johnathan] Zittrain said. "When governments begin to suspect people because of where they were at a certain time, it can get very worrying."

Privacy of Verichip discussed at HHS meeting
Dr. Richard Seelig, Vice President of Medical Applications, presented (upon request) before a hearing held by the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), a statutory public advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Our customers (as well as hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers) demand that VeriChip's convenience and usefulness not be compromised by privacy concerns," said Michael Krawitz, Applied Digital's Chief Privacy Officer. "Recently, Scott R. Silverman, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, laid out the six initial privacy points for the VeriChip technology. We believe our leadership role in addressing privacy issues in the RFID arena will continue to grow."

Six Point Privacy Statement made by Applied Digital
1. VeriChip should ( does not say "will" ) be voluntary and voluntary only. No person, no employer, no government should force anyone to get "chipped."
misleading.... it will be REQUIRED for all basic purchases, including food

2. Privacy must be a priority at the highest levels of our organization and as such we will have a Chief Privacy Officer who, with privacy experts, will be charged with addressing the day-to-day global evolution of this technology.
misleading..... no encryption

3. We will immediately address privacy and patients' rights in all consumer, distributor and medical documents related to VeriChip

4. VeriChip subscribers are able have their chip removed and discontinued at any time.
This is very misleading. Although technically one might possibly have it removed, it will require surgery ( most likely this type of 666-removal surgery will be outlawed during the Great Tribulation ).
666 -removal surgery will then have to be performed by one's self ; and if not done properly, a gangrenous sore may eventually develop and thus require the severing of the right hand ( see Rev. 16:2 ) ? There will be NO convenient "removals". ...only life-threatening removals.

5. Privacy means different things to different people, so only the VeriChip customer should designate the groups that may have access to his or her database information.

6. We pledge to thoughtfully, openly and considerately engage government, privacy groups, the industry and consumers to assure that the adoption of VeriChip and RFID technology is through education and unity rather than isolation and division.
comment: "assurance" is not a guarantee.

R. Chirgwin of Commsworld states that the Verichip has no capcity for encryption, since encryption needs
RAM and processing power, neither of which is possible with a passive rfid chip.

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And this article .....

" Solustat Medica SA, are still running an insecure web site which allows users of this system to betray to any attacker on the internet, the user accounts and passwords which allow access to their medical records.
>security problems we tried to highlight in November 2003 are still there. If they cannot secure medical records from the internet, then what chance have they got against corrupt or coerced employees ?

Commenting on Government's Meeting on VeriChip's Privacy
From the Five Doves Message Board :

" On Tuesday Jan. 18th, Dr. Seelig and Mr. Krawitz went before a government panel to convey assurance in the confidentiality of the VeriChip. While that assurance is only in statements--- and not in encryption--- one has to wonder how private the chip really is .
But the issue of privacy is Not the focus for Believers , whenever a subdermal chip morphs into the 666 Mark of the Beast.

The main issue concerning the 666 Mark of the Beast
( a subdermal rfid chip in the right hand or forehead)  
is not one of privacy .... although that IS a problem.
Neither is the main concern one of  biological " incompatibility" or physical detriment , although that too IS a problem.

The main objection to taking the rfid subdermal 666 Mark of the Beast chip is the fact that an implantable chip in the Right Hand or forehead -----
that enables all global financial transactions ( associated with the name, number and image of the beast ) and opens up all databases ----will irreversibly commit one's self  to the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
Revelation 14: 9-11.

For the Believer, that is the main focus. We cannot  take such a chip because it is forbidden in Scripture and constitutes disobedience, resulting in the severest of judgements--- the loss of one's soul for all eternity.
That is the reason ---and the real reason -- for not taking the subdermal 666 chip when it arrives.
Privacy and health-concerns are not the main reasons, and pale by comparison.

Let's just suppose ---for arguments sake--- that they made the subdermal rfid chip totally secure from any outside interference. Would that make it all right to place it in the right hand or forehead ? Obviously NOT.

What if they made the subdermal chip so that there were no adverse health effects from its chemicals ( polymers and lithium ) ? Would we then take the 666 chip in our right hand or forehead ? No, we would not.

We would not take the chip solely because it is forbidden in Rev. 13 and 14.

Obedience is what it is all about. " My sheep hear My voice" John 10:27
Our Good Shepherd calls us by NAME  ...... John 10:3
The System accesses by number.
Jim Goodrick

Reports from Privacy expert and watchman .... Richard M. Smith

Internet Express Changes
Web designers may have to change the way their sites are coded to offer the same seamless experience to users. Microsoft's next round of security patches, expected April 11, will make changes to the way its browser handles dynamic content like Flash or QuickTime -- changes that were made necessary following Microsoft's highly publicized patent dispute with Eolas Technologies.....
Most of the pain from the IE update will be felt by Web developers who may find themselves scrambling to implement the work-arounds. "Once this rolls out to everybody, suddenly things that used to work automatically will have to be manually done," said Richard Smith, an Internet security consultant based in Boston. "The bottom line is Web sites are going to have a lot of work to do here."

MS "Active X" flawed, pervasive
New data collected by at least one notable security researcher suggests that as much as 50 percent of all computers powered by Microsoft Windows might contain one or more non-Microsoft components that could allow malicious Web sites to seize control of them.
As it turns out, a poorly designed ActiveX control distributed by a Fortune 500 company that most consumers already trust can be just as dangerous as a malicious control foisted by a dodgy Web site. According to estimates by Richard M. Smith, a privacy and security consultant at Boston Software Forensics, more than half of all Windows PCs contain one or more ActiveX controls which allow for system takeover from malicious Web pages.

Smith's tool checks ActiveX controls to see if they appear vulnerable to so-called "buffer overflow" flaws, relatively common and easily preventable programming errors that can cause a program to crash or allow it to be exploited by attackers. (Smith said he did not attempt the time-consuming process of developing an exploit for each ActiveX control he found with telltale signs of a buffer overflow problem. Rather, his research is based on the assumption that each flaw he found was potentiallly exploitable.)
In some cases, these insecure controls come pre-installed on a Windows PC from the factory," Smith wrote to CERT. "In other cases, insecure ActiveX controls are silently installed as part of application software packages.  In most cases, these insecure controls are being distributed by brand-name, Fortune 500 companies."

Using his diagnostic tools, Smith learned that a major printer manufacturer is distributing a number of "safe for scripting" controls with errors which are likely exploitable. The controls in question are used for product support and are silently installed by the application software CD-ROM that accompanies the printer maker's products
"I would think that if [Smith] is finding a lot of buffer overflows in these third-party apps, it could open up a whole new can of worms because in a lot of cases, there's some serious targetability here based on which company supplied the control,"
[ Tom ] Liston said. 

Google and the government
The government asked Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, which operates the world's most popular search engine, to turn over every query typed into its search engine over the course of one week without providing identifying information about the people who conducted the searches
While privacy experts said the requests appeared to have been tailored to try to protect the privacy of the millions of people who carry out searches, they said it could set a precedent for more intrusive future government demands. They also said it raised the question of just how much information Google stores about consumers.

"The real issue here is, is Google being deputized to spy on us? In this case, you could maybe argue that the spying is not that bad, because very little of it is personally identifiable, but what will the next case be?" said Richard M. Smith, a Boston-based software engineer who has written about the Internet age. "It's a terrible precedent."

This is the government's nose under the search engine's tent. Once we cross this line it will be very difficult to turn back," said Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a District-based nonprofit group that advocates privacy protections. "If companies like Google respond to this kind of subpoena . . . I don't see why the next subpoena might not say, 'Give us what we asked for the last time -- plus a little more.'

Google has always been a kind of ticking privacy bomb because Google retains personally identifiable information," he added. "Even though Google may intend to protect online privacy, there will be circumstances beyond their control that will place Internet users at risk, and they include government warrants, as in this case, or future security breaches which have plagued the financial services sector over the past couple of years."

The government argued that the Google data would, among other things, help it to understand what Web sites people can find using a search engine,

Aden J. Fine, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is part of a group that opposed the 1998 law in court on grounds that it violated the First Amendment, said Google was right to resist the demand.

"This is the latest example where the government seems to think they are entitled to get all sorts of information without providing an adequate justification," Fine said. "They have not explained exactly what they are going to do with this information and exactly why they need it. Until they do that, they are not entitled to get this information."

White House and NSA Cookies

Web software security specialist Richard M. Smith and the Associated Press reported that the White House web site, through a web analytics contractor called WebTrends, was using cookies that were specifically banned by a two-year-old directive issued from the Office of Management and Budget.
Associated Press writer Anick Jesdanun wrote that while the White House doesn’t issue cookies, it employs a tiny graphic image called a “web bug” sent by WebTrends that allows the company to know when a specific page is viewed on the White House site.

Mr. Smith and the AP reported earlier this week that the National Security Agency’s web site was issuing cookies to web visitors (see NSA Caught Serving Cookies). The NSA said that the cookies were being distributed unbeknownst to the NSA staff because of a recent software upgrade. The agency said it had taken care of the problem.

NSA Cookies
The NSA ended its cookie distribution when a privacy activist and the Associated Press started asking questions about the cookie placements. An NSA spokesperson told the AP that a recent software upgrade at the agency created a new cookie-producing facility. The software added cookies to web surfers’ hard drives that carried 2035 expiration dates.
Posting long-term cookies on web surfers’ hard drives is a direct violation of a June 2000 policy recommendation issued by the Office of Management and Budget that bans such activities.
Back in August [ 2005] the FCC limited the requirement to “facilities-based broadband Internet access service providers and VoIP providers that offer services permitting users to receive calls from, and place calls to, the public switched telephone network (PSTN)” (see
Wiretap Rules SplitVoIP).



Digitized Health Records
The study was delivered to the Bush administration's national health information technology coordinator, Dr. David Brailer, who had asked for such recommendations.
President Bush has spoken frequently about the need to move to electronic health records and last May appointed Brailer to the new post of health information technology coordinator.

"More aggressive leadership at the national level is needed, and time is of the essence," Dr. Blackford Middleton, chairman of the Center for Technology Leadership and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
In a commentary accompanying the Health Affairs article, Laurence Baker, an associate professor at Stanford Medical School, questioned the authors' assumptions about savings from reduced labor costs and the elimination of redundant tests. He called the study's conclusions a "very optimistic assessment." http://news.com.com/Prescription+for+digitized+health+records/2100-1013_3-5541528.html

FDA approves ID chips in patients

from Business Wire

Connecting for Health

American Health Management www.ahima.org

Medical Information www.amia.org

ID Chips and Hospitals

The Privacy Foundation

Chip Implants: Privacy Scare
The core ethical issue is privacy concerns: the fear that you will be penalized if the wrong people — your boss, your insurer, maybe police agencies — get information about you," Caplan says. "But it is not clear right now how the chip technology puts that in peril."

The core issue is whether you will obey God's command to refuse the 666 Mark of the Beast found in Rev. 14: 9-11.

The VeriChip: Issues and Concerns -- Lee Tien

Digital Birth Certificate
TALLAHASSEE — Imagine a virtual "thumbprint" that attaches your time and place of birth to your photo and iris scans — one of millions collected, warehoused and monitored by the watchful eye of Big Brother
"It is as Orwellian as you imagine it to be, and should be frightening," said Oscar Gandy, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications who specializes in technology and public policy

The proposal comes in response to a law quietly passed on the last day of this year's legislative session [ Florida] and signed by Gov. Jeb Bush.
The law, which focuses on making family courts more efficient, includes a provision requiring a board of court-related officials to come up with a mechanism to create a "unique personal identifier" to recognize individuals in court cases — a step toward eliminating Social Security numbers as ID numbers.
After Jan. 1, state
[ Florida] law mandates that Social Security numbers be kept confidential in court records.

"I think it's very, very bad for security," said Bruce Schneier, a security technologist and consultant. "It brings us one step closer to a police state."
Ken Aull, architect of the digital birth certificate, said his plan will make citizens safer because the biometrically coded record allows people's bodies to prove they are who they say they are.

In the past, more and more information became "attached" to individuals as they aged — addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, driver licenses and credit information.
Aull wants to separate all such information, which he calls "privileges," from the unique information that identifies a person, such as iris scans. He said his identifier would be so individual-specific that no one else can assume it, resulting in an "unforgeable" private key

Ed : Jeremiah 5:31 "the people love to have it so" .............
None of that may matter to most people, the experts acknowledge, as Americans seem more willing to give up their privacy rights since the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We will take... all of your private and intimate details away and put them somewhere where other people can see them," said Melissa Ngo of EPIC. "People become so used to not having privacy that more and more privacy is taken away."

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/state/content/state/epaper/2005/08/13/m1a_digital_0813.html gs

Lifelong identifier
"It is clear there are philosophical consequences to having a lifelong implanted identifier. Friends and associates have commented that I am now ’marked’ and lost my anonymity. Several colleagues find the notice of a device implanted under the skins to be dehumanizing

Concerns of Privacy

Privacy concerns over the use of radio frequency identification technology aren't confined to the United States. Officials in Europe and Asia have completed or are developing guidelines and directives to ensure that RFID technology is used properly.

Laurant said the chip
[ Verichip ] could legitimately be used by health officials to obtain information, such as blood type, about an unconscious person and used to treat them. But it could also be used for more controversial applications such implanting them in the arms of soldiers who are on special military missions.

No encryption for chip

California Senator wants rfid out of documents
Joe Simitian’s SB 682 would, “would prohibit identity documents (including library cards) created, mandated, or issued by various public entities from containing a contactless integrated circuit ( Editor: rfid chip ) or other device that can broadcast personal information or enable personal information to be scanned remotely”.

VeriChips: Privacy is Not the Issue

Privacy of Verichip discussed at HHS meeting
Dr. Richard Seelig, Vice President of Medical Applications, presented (upon request) before a hearing held by the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), a statutory public advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Our customers (as well as hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers) demand that VeriChip's convenience and usefulness not be compromised by privacy concerns," said Michael Krawitz, Applied Digital's Chief Privacy Officer. "Recently, Scott R. Silverman, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, laid out the six initial privacy points for the VeriChip technology. We believe our leadership role in addressing privacy issues in the RFID arena will continue to grow."

RFID transmitter
"At this stage it does not seem to be much of a problem," said David MacDonald, an attorney who practices privacy law.MacDonald, in a phone interview, suggested that in the case of any RFID device, an individual could vanish simply by wearing a transmitter with a stronger signal than the device in question.


Acxiom Database Arkansas

Acxiom Corp. in Little Rock, Ark., maintains a massive database that combines public records, such as driver's and marriage licenses, with other details gleaned from things such as magazine subscriptions. It sells those profiles, or lists of similar people, to marketers and political campaigns.
What's the harm? Privacy advocates cite how in 1999 Robert Rivera said he broke his kneecap by slipping on spilled yogurt at a Vons supermarket in California.
He sued and said the grocery chain threatened to use records, compiled from his loyalty card, showing he bought large amounts of alcohol to imply he might not have been sober.

Vons denied making such a threat, but Beth Givens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse said the case shows how databanks might tip the scales against consumers.
"The point is that little by little you're giving someone else an advantage when you give up information," she said. "Most people are going to choose on the side of convenience and cost. But you give up some privacy when you do that


Verichip appoints Krawitz Chief Privacy Officer

The Company's six-point privacy statement is as follows:
1. VeriChip should be voluntary and voluntary only. No person, no employer, no government should force anyone to get "chipped."
2. Privacy must be a priority at the highest levels of our organization and as such we will have a Chief Privacy Officer who, with privacy experts, will be charged with addressing the day-to-day global evolution of this technology.
3. We will immediately address privacy and patients' rights in all consumer, distributor and medical documents related to VeriChip
4. VeriChip subscribers are able have their chip removed and discontinued at any time.
5. Privacy means different things to different people, so only the VeriChip customer should designate the groups that may have access to his or her database information.
6. We pledge to thoughtfully, openly and considerately engage government, privacy groups, the industry and consumers to assure that the adoption of VeriChip and RFID technology is through education and unity rather than isolation and division.

As part of Applied Digital's privacy policy, it has appointed Michael Krawitz to the position of Chief Privacy Officer.
Mr. Krawitz currently serves as the Company's Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
[ a lawyer ] Krawitz, 35, will work closely with privacy experts, medical experts and community leaders to immediately address privacy and patients' rights issues.

"VeriChip's principal attribute is its ability to deliver information and verification," Krawitz said. "To ensure that this attribute is a benefit and only a benefit, we are making privacy our priority and our commitment. It's good business and it's responsible behavior for a leader in an area of RFID technology."


Scannable Humans

[ Robert ] Smith, publisher of the Privacy Journal, said VeriChip technology makes it obvious that no single government agency has responsibility for safeguarding an individual's privacy.
"Logically it would be the Justice Department, but it's not equipped to handle these kinds of questions," he said. "Most countries have privacy commissions, but we don't. So decisions about VeriChip are going to be made on the basis of market factors, not social factors."
Based on the public's willingness to produce photo IDs on demand and wear employee badges at work, Smith said he wouldn't be surprised to see VeriChips gain acceptance.
"Marketing and bureaucratic decisions have great force in this society," he said. "In the past, people were all too willing to accept convenience in exchange for privacy. Since Sept. 11, 2001, they are too willing to give up privacy for perceived ideas about security


Privacy advocates decry chips
Roger Clarke, a privacy advocate who has been speaking out against RFID-type technology for more than a decade, said he was "appalled and stunned" at the naivete of both the people developing the technology and the way it is being reported in the general press.
"When I spoke about this in 1994 people said I was going to extremes and talking nonsense. Now, less than ten years later they have a commercial product. I cannot understand how naive people are," said Clarke.
Clarke has argued that although the US solution is a simple identifier chip and can only be used with the consent of the patient, it won't be long before the technology goes mainstream.

We are always going to tag the institutionalised first -- because they are prisoners and we have power over them.
But we are also going to tag grandma in the senile dementia ward," said Clarke.

If we went down the path of putting RFID tags into driving licenses – which has been suggested in some parts of the US -- you could have a situation where anyone with the right equipment could read information from your licence from a few metres away," Clapperton said.
Any type of RFID chip – whether inserted inside the body, in a document or item of clothing – will affect an individual’s privacy, said Clarke.
David Vaile, executive director of the Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of NSW, said the US Patriot Act makes it unclear exactly which information is protected and which is readily available.
In addition, he said that because RFID chips are unlikely to ever be removed once they are inserted, and RFID scanners are becoming more common, the privacy issues are spiralling out of control.


They want to chip our freedom away

A subdermal database

VeriChip dehumanizes

The possibility that the chip will act as surveillance, watching over our every movement, mustn't be taken lightly. What guarantee do we have that the VeriChip won't be used against us: that the government, following every little suspicious activity, could start to control our lives.People are not meant to be scanned like cans at a grocery store. The chip won't advance our civilization, but turn us into nothing more than controlled artificial intelligences in a tyrannical world. Such barbaric treatment will dehumanize the evolution of mankind.

Serious Privacy Concerns
But there are trade-offs. "Whenever there's a technology I'm sure somebody figures out a way to abuseit,"
Kuntz said. Lazzarini said the risks include disclosing too much information to too many health-care providers. For instance, she said doctors may not need to know about long-ago conditions such as drug abuse or mental-health problems. There's also the risk of improper disclosure by computer hackers who may be malicious or spying on patients in order to market products or services.

But the technology also could be abused for even more nefarious purposes, said Lazzarini, a public health lawyer, associate professor and head of the Division of Medical Humanities, Health Law and Ethics at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Employees might be able to track their workers' movements, and private investigators might be able to track clients' ex-spouses. And if they can track people, so can police.

Lazzarini also said there's the risk that if chip implants are mandated by a few large companies or institutions other companies might be forced to follow suit, thus stripping people of the right to make individual decisions. She cited the possibility of health insurers requiring patients to use the implanted chips in order to qualify for insurance or inducing them to do accept the chips in exchange for lower insurance premiums.

Dr. Kenneth Prager --ethics
"I think the ethical issue, the most important issue really is informed consent. The patient really has to understand what the pros are, what the cons are, what the risks are, both in terms of the physical use of the data, and who will have access to it."
Dr. Prager Chairs the Ethics Committee at Columbia Presbyterian.


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"The first concern is that it will fall into the hands of an evil and oppressive state," said Laurie Zoloff, a bioethicist in San Francisco. "If you're thoroughly known, then you can be thoroughly controlled, because they'll know more about you than you want to be known."

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VeriChip to face Privacy issues
If a person who was "chipped" needed medical attention and was unconscious, according to Bolton, hospital personnel would do a routine scan while checking temperature and blood pressure. Paramedics with a pocket reader or even smaller scanner could upload patient information onto a database, eliminating the need for chip-carriers to wear a medical alert bracelet or carry a health card that can be lost or stolen.
VeriChip has one other drawback, as Conko sees it: "Having such a product actually implanted under the skin may legitimately raise concerns for potential users about privacy. One might be concerned that it could be turned into a highly sophisticated tracking device to gather information about the personal habits of the user -- where they shop, where they travel."
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US to weigh Computer Chip Implant....voluntarily only
"The line in the sand that we draw is that the use of the VeriChip would always be voluntarily," said Keith Bolton, chief technology officer and a vice president at Applied Digital.
"We would never provide it to a company that intended to coerce people to use it.".....

"The problem is that you always have to think about what the device will be used for tomorrow," said Lee Tien, a senior attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group.
"It's what we call 'function creep'. At first a device is used for applications we all agree are good, but then it slowly is used for more than it was intended.", he said

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