Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Chips in Your Library Book?

RFID Moves Into Public Library

Tien from the EFF has an excellent point. If I have one of these chips in a book,

a. I have no way of knowing it's deactivated or not, meaning;
b. It could remain activated when I depart the library without my knowledge or consent.

It's not so much worry about a library's intentions, as of those who might want to run roughshod over said library's intentions. The Patriot Act already lets the FBI peruse my lending records while barring my library from informing me. How, then, could such location devices be misused?

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