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Walmart tests micro-chip implanted products in low-income neighborhood (english)
23 Jun 2003
Resistance and awareness are needed. Walmart, Gilette, and Proctor and Gambel have made plans to implement broadcasting Radio Frequency Microchips (RFIDs) into their retail products and operations. Walmart and IT firms are pushing for the replacement of bar-codes.
RFIDs (radio Frequency Identification Devices) are microchips with antenna the size of a grain of salt and will soon flood the retail marketplace at the current pace they are being introduced. Produced by Phillips Electronics, IBM, and others, they have been in used for years in shipping industries, E-Z pass systems and the military.
Benneton recently made headlines when forced to admit their plans for 15,000 garments , mostly underwear, to carry the chip. UNder protest, they have suspended their plans. Many firms are actively pushing for the chips to be put into disposable products. The chip, unlike a bar-coding system, actually transmits data, sometime indefinitly. A person's shoes, credit card, or even razors and hairspray might display information about their credit status, and where they've been when "read" by an RFID reading device. Anything moved off a shelf would be potentially detected by readers. While this might sound like science fiction, IT and electronics corporations are implementing them at a startling rate.
Walmart, the world's largest retail operation, is planning to require 100 of its top suppliers to include RFIDs in their products by 2005! They have chosen a Walmart in BROCKTON, MA in a low-income neighborhood to test the chips on a large scale. This store could well become the testing grounds for a corporate revolution where scanners in stores not to mention law-enforcement could scan anyone for the (hope-fully not) ubiquitus chips. OUr privacy and freedom could suffer. Since Gillette was the first to partner with Walmart, Gilette products are a likely bet to contain the chip.
It is quite possible that Walmart is trying to avoid contro-versy by foisting this "experiment" on folks who have less access to alternate media (internet access for example). With exposure to daylight , this invasive project can become well-known and might draw some fire from right-wing groups, too.

bread and roses to all!!
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