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Big Brother Comes to Brockton? (english)
19 Jun 2003
Modified: 02:21:28 AM
Starting this week, the nation's largest discount retailer will quietly begin selling tracking-chipped products to clueless shoppers. The first volley in their war against our privacy is set to start at their Brockton, Massachusetts store.
BIG BROTHER COMES TO WAL-MART By Mary Starrett

June 11, 2003 NewsWithViews.com

"Starting this week, the nation's largest discount retailer will quietly begin selling tracking-chipped products to clueless shoppers. The first volley in their war against our privacy is set to start at their Brockton, Massachusetts store.

Wal-Mart will put Radio Frequency I.D. sensors on shelves stocked with RFID-tagged Gillette products, but they'd rather you didn't know about it, because, hey, you might not like it, and then you might make noise and then they'd have a big PR mess on their hands.

You might even stop buying Gillette products or, say, refuse to shop at Wal-Mart." (and let them know why)

cont'd - http://www.newswithviews.com/Mary/starrett14.htm

Indy Media Victoria Canada story with action info
http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2003/06/14775.php

Stop RFID
http://www.stoprfid.com/
See also:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Mary/starrett14.htm
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Boston Globe Article (english)
19 Jun 2003
RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION

Tiny tracking chips surface in retail use -Retail uses for ID chips surfacing

By Chris Gaither, Globe Staff, 6/9/2003

ORGAN HILL, Calif. -- Tom Pounds waved his overflowing grocery basket at the wall and offered a glimpse of our shopping future. The coffee cans, razor blades, and other items in his basket each carried a stowaway -- a tiny chip, the size of a fleck of black pepper, coupled with an antenna. Each emitted a short burst of identifying data that streamed via radio waves to a sensor on the wall.

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/160/business/Tiny_tracking_chips_surfa
Group Proposes RFID Privacy Law (english)
19 Jun 2003
Group Proposes RFID Privacy Law

CASPIAN, the group that spearheaded the boycott of Benetton, has proposed legislation aimed at protecting consumer privacy in the US.

June 18, 2003 - CASPIAN, a consumer group opposed to loyalty cards and radio frequency identification, has unveiled federal legislation calling for mandatory disclosures on consumer products containing RFID chips in the US. The RFID Right to Know Act of 2003 would require companies to label all products that contain RFID tags, and it would make it illegal for companies to link the chips with personally identifying information.

"In large part, we did this because our membership has been clamoring for something they can take to their local lawmakers," says Katherine Albrecht, the founder and director of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering). She said the group proposed federal legislation because it sees RFID tagging as an interstate commerce issue, "but we have also been considering state legislation."

CASPIAN is looking for a lawmaker to sponsor the legislation, which was drafted by the Boston University Legislative Clinic, a group of law students.

cont'd.....

http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/466/1/1/