As science advances....so do ID cards. This week....the German Interior Ministry announced that new identification cards containing radio-frequency (RFID) chips will be introduced starting November 1, 2010.
This RFID technology has a number of folks scared. The chip is such that a cop could walk around with a scanner in a crowd and anyone within two meters....could be scanned....and identified. Got a riot underway....just walk in the midst of it....and suddenly, you’ve got forty names....then you just mail out court appearances for these people to come in and meet the judge for their punishment....no arrest necessary.
Got a cop who has pulled over a car? He can walk up and perform the scanner from two meters and then confirm the guy has previous arrests or a violent nature.....so he automatically treats the guy in a hostile manner.
This isn’t a mandatory episode....simply the cards being introduced. It could be an entire decade before everyone has these.
Naturally, there is a growing hostility amongst privacy act folks. They don’t want this invasion of their hidden data.
The cops claim that data will be protected by a PIN and only law enforcement will have the ability to readily scan across to the person. The thing is....if this catches on....why would super-markets seek to market a super-cheap credit card with this RFID technology on it....and they could scan the shopper and his buying habits?
A RFID card coming to driver’s licenses in America? People already complain about the idea of a national ID card but this RFID technology could radically change the American landscape....if it’s allowed to enter on licenses.