self-proclaimed and proud technology geek. I love gadgets and gizmos and
electronic doohickeys as much as anyone, and probably more than is healthy or
wise. However, I do sometimes worry that some technologies are becoming
ubiquitous parts of the electronic landscape before the impact of that
technology has been fully vetted and consensus public opinion has formed.
are one example. The tags themselves are not the problem. I understand how
these devices can be used to decrease logistical problems traditionally
associated with the manufacture, transport, and delivery of goods. Increased
efficiency means less waste and more profit a win-win scenario in that
this recent article
from News.com got me thinking again about the potential for exploitation and
general mischief when it comes to RFID chips. In a few years, RFID chips will
be embedded in almost every consumer product you touch. They'll be in your
driver's license, passport, medical insurance card, credit card, gas card; your
shopping basket at the grocery will have a tag to tell you a certain brand of
peanut butter is on sale.
lot of personal information flying around in the ether are we ready for that?
Are there safeguards in place to keep evil-doers from scanning that information
and using it in unintended ways and against my knowledge? I'm not sure that
there are not that I'm paranoid or anything.
worried about this or should I just relax? After all, if there are terabytes of
data flowing around, who is going to notice little old me and my penchant for
bourbon and eggplant?
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.