Magazine article Corrections Forum

Tiny IDs Can Track Almost Anything

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Tiny IDs Can Track Almost Anything

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Washington Times

Alien Technology Corp. is at the forefront of manufacturing and marketing tiny radio chips that can be used as tracking devices. Alien is producing 500 million chips for Gillette in order for them to track their product, but opponents, such as Katherine Albrecht, fear abuse of the new technology. Albrecht is the director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, and believes the technology could lead to a gross invasion of privacy. The new technology can get a fixed location for anything that the chip was attached to, from clothing to cars. The radio-frequency identification chips will soon be used to monitor stock at Wal-Mart, allowing the store to know what items need to be restocked and activating surveillance cameras if shoplifting is suspected. The results of use in retail would be a more organized store with no more missing stock, responding to an increasing demand in a product immediately and helping prevent shoplifting. …

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