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Wal-Mart Will Track Your Undies

Privacy advocates slam garment chips

(Newser) - Wal-Mart's plans to insert a tracking chip inside individual pairs of jeans and underwear has privacy advocates worried. The retail giant says the RFID chips will make inventory control much more efficient, but privacy groups warn that the chips—which can be removed, but not turned off—could be misused... More »

Virginia Debates: Are Human Microchips Sign of Antichrist?

Virginia bill would ban involuntary use for privacy, fate of world

(Newser) - These aren't the best of times, but the state legislature in Virginia is debating whether they might be end times. The involuntary implantation of microchips in people might be the biblical “mark of the beast,” a Virginia state legislator contends, and should be outlawed. Now, “I’m... More »

Amish Blast ID Cow Chips as 'Mark of the Beast'

Farmers sue USDA over Michigan's mandatory tag program

(Newser) - A group of Amish farmers has launched a federal lawsuit against the USDA claiming that electronic ID tags on cattle are the mark of Satan himself, not merely of the Michigan Animal Identification System, Wired reports. The farmers say the mandatory program, aimed at tracking livestock diseases, violates the "... More »

Firm Poised to Boost Wireless Tracking

Greater range, lower cost for networks keeping tabs on goods

(Newser) - A Los Angeles company has figured out a way to make a radio frequency identification (RFID) system that is cheaper and has better range, the Wall Street Journal reports. New wireless networks could expand to cover entire warehouses, keeping track of individual items with cheaper radio tags. "I think... More »

States Cracking Down on 'Spychip' Privacy Lapses

California and Washington take action to block some uses of RFID tags

(Newser) - Radio Frequency ID tags—data-loaded microchips that track everything from shipping containers to cars to humans—increasingly are raising concerns with privacy advocates who worry the “spychips” could reveal too much about our lives, reports Ars Technica. Tech-savvy states such as Washington and California are trying to legislate RFIDs,... More »

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