RFID Spychips! Grocery Store Surveillance

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

Privacy Storm Over RFID Chips by Mike Banks Valentine

American consumers

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and is a term that will become increasingly well known as usage ofrepparttar new technology becomes pervasive. There is no question thatrepparttar 133525 tiny chips, which enable tracking of physical goods fromrepparttar 133526 assembly line to warehouse to retail outlet to checkstand, will replacerepparttar 133527 barcodes previously used for that purpose.

Some RFID chips are tiny, they are nearly indistiguishable from dust in many cases. Photo link:

These dust sized RFID chips are capable of transmitting their own SKU (Sales Keeping Unit),repparttar 133528 same info currently encoded in barcodes, distances of up to 20 feet to an "RFID Reader". But that's not all these diminuitive little chips can do. They are capable of sending a unique serial number that can identify repparttar 133529 item it's embedded in - down to it's date and location of manufacture. Barcodes were limited to carrying information that identified classes of products. RFID carries information equivalent torepparttar 133530 product DNA, while allowing a number for every item onrepparttar 133531 planet!

When that item passes an "RFID reader" atrepparttar 133532 manufacturer's door,repparttar 133533 tracking system knowsrepparttar 133534 item has passed out ofrepparttar 133535 building. Another reader signals that it has now passed into a train or plane to be shipped to a warehouse, where another reader tracks arrival and storage information, then successive readers know it passes to truck, grocery shelf, retail check- stand and outrepparttar 133536 door. All of this can now be accomplished without opening containers, leading to huge cost savings throughoutrepparttar 133537 "supply chain".

Privacy issues don't arise until consumers link that chain. Walmart is now REQUIRING their 100 largest suppliers to use RFID tags atrepparttar 133538 pallet level. Meaning that those tags are currently in use to identify and track groups of products as they arrive atrepparttar 133539 Walmart warehouse up until shelving atrepparttar 133540 giant retailer. Some products, such as Gillette razors, had been testing individual item tracking up until final sale and removal fromrepparttar 133541 Walmart store. Privacy advocates slowed that practice by launching a boycott of Gillette.

Ifrepparttar 133542 privacy concerns over tracking of a single product throughrepparttar 133543 store to sale caused slowing of implementation of this technology, what can we expect when EVERY product is RFID tagged? There is no doubt this is coming and not in repparttar 133544 distant future, but withinrepparttar 133545 next 5 years or so. The US Department of Defense is now requiring ALL vendors to use RFID technology and embed tags in products sold torepparttar 133546 US military by next year.

Clearly there will be little or no outcry from military and government personnel about privacy invading technology since government is rarely expected to respect privacy "in-house". But if all military vendors are compelled to use RFID chips in every item used in every one ofrepparttar 133547 millions of supplies sold to and used byrepparttar 133548 military - by next year, 2005 - then there is little doubt thatrepparttar 133549 entire US goverment will soon implement this same policy for all items purchased by Uncle Sam and used by government employees.

What is Software Piracy?

Written by S. Housley

What is software piracy? There are several kinds of software piracy. The bottom line is when software is pirated,repparttar developer does not receive compensation for their work.

Effects of Software Piracy When software is pirated, consumers, software developers, and resellers are harmed. Software piracy increasesrepparttar 133524 risk consumer's computers will be corrupted by defective software and infected with viruses. Those who provide defective and illegal software do not tend to provide sales and technical support. Pirated software usually has inadequate documentation, which prevents consumers from enjoyingrepparttar 133525 full benefits ofrepparttar 133526 software package. In addition, consumers are unable to take advantage of technical support and product upgrades, which are typically available to legitimate registered users ofrepparttar 133527 software. Pirated software can cost consumers lost time and more money.

Developers lose revenue from pirated software, from current products as well as from future programs. When software is sold most developers invest a portion ofrepparttar 133528 revenue into future development and better software packages. When software is pirated, software developers lose revenue fromrepparttar 133529 sale of their products, which hinders development of new software and stiflesrepparttar 133530 growth ofrepparttar 133531 software company.

Kinds of Piracy End User Piracy - Using multiple copies of a single software package on several different systems or distributing registered or licensed copies of software to others. Another common form of end user piracy is when a cracked version ofrepparttar 133532 software is used. Hacking intorepparttar 133533 software and disablingrepparttar 133534 copy protection, or illegally generating key codes that unlocksrepparttar 133535 trial version makingrepparttar 133536 software a registered version creates a cracked version.

Reseller Piracy - Reseller piracy occurs when an unscrupulous reseller distributes multiple copies of a single software package to different customers; this includes preloading systems with software without providing original manuals & diskettes. Reseller piracy also occurs when resellers knowingly sell counterfeit versions of software to unsuspecting customers.

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