RFID

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2009

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Sep
2008

RFID privacy and security threats

The September issue of Scientific American magazine features an in-depth, illustrated article I wrote on RFID privacy and security threats. You can find it on newsstands and at bookstores everywhere, or read the article online here:

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=how-rfid-tags-could-be-used

The entire issue is dedicated to Privacy, and the editors did a stellar job of identifying key issues on many fronts. I urge you to read the rest of the magazine here:

http://www.sciam.com/sciammag/

Scientific American is one of the oldest and most respected publications in America. It was an honor to be featured with so many of my colleagues and respected experts.

In freedom,
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.

P.S. Note that the print version of the magazine has beautiful layout and photos that are not available in the online version. The Scientific American website offers a $4.95 downloadable PDF of the entire magazine if you can't get a newsstand copy but would still like to see it in all its illustrated glory.


ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

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Jun
2008

3
Jun
2008

CASPIAN RELEASES NEW EVIDENCE OF VERICHIP LIES AND DECEPTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2008

Group's Latest Report Sets Record Straight on Chip Implants, Cancer, and more

Opponents of the VeriChip implant are launching a new offensive against the controversial human microchip this week, amid reports that VeriChip plans to put its chipping division on the auction block. A new report titled "Microchip Implants: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions" released today by CASPIAN Consumer Privacy reveals dirty laundry the company would probably rather keep hidden as it seeks a buyer for its beleaguered product.

The 42-page report was authored by CASPIAN director Dr. Katherine Albrecht, a Harvard-educated privacy expert and long-time critic of the VeriChip. The highlight of the report is an eleven-page section titled "Cancer Cover-up" that describes a systematic pattern of lies and deception engaged by VeriChip executives in an effort to downplay the fact that implantable microchips cause cancer in laboratory animals.

The report reveals how news outlets like Time Magazine, Business Week, and the RFID Journal were used as unwitting pawns in a VeriChip scheme to spread misinformation about the cancer studies. Since research linking the product to cancer first surfaced last year, each of these publications has repeated misstatements from VeriChip company executives, in many cases printing the inaccurate statements verbatim and unchallenged.

"These were not subjective issues, they were plainly verifiable issues of fact," Albrecht said. "We were saddened to see the misstatements fall through the fact-checking cracks of these respected publications. Now that VeriChip is back in the headlines, we felt it was time to set the record straight."

VeriChip's media efforts have done little to salvage the company's public image or its financial performance, both of which plummeted after research linking the implantable microchip to cancer was widely revealed by the Associated Press in September 2007. The same company that once predicted revenues in the "billions" earned just $3,000 from its microchip implant operations in the first quarter of 2008, as patients shun the device that many are now calling the "cancer chip."

Investors have also distanced themselves from the failing company, with VeriChip's stock plummeting from a high of $10.62 last year to just over $2.00 today.

VeriChip's VP of business development, Jay McKeage, acknowledged the implant division suffers from "a substantial cash burn" and is "not sustainable on its own." As a result, he says, VeriChip plans to "shop the VeriMed / Health Link [human implantable chip] business around widely" in hopes that another company will take the unpopular product off its hands.

However, with recent blog headlines like "VeriChip Death Watch" making the rounds, Albrecht has a hard time imagining who, if anyone, will want to buy the business.

"This is a company that has engaged in a consistent pattern of making false and misleading statements," she said. "It has lied to the public, to the media, to its shareholders, and to regulatory agencies," she said, citing additional evidence from the report indicating that VeriChip hid cancer evidence from the FDA when the agency reviewed the implant's safety in 2004.

"We laid out all the evidence in our report," she added. "We want to make sure no one else gets burned by VeriChip."


ABOUT THE REPORT

CASPIAN's new report, "Microchip Implants: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions," is a comprehensive reference guide to implantable microchips in animals and humans. It provides thoroughly-researched, footnoted answers to 85 of the most commonly asked questions about the implantable microchip, including religious, privacy, social, and health questions. The report concludes with a list of recommendations for patients, pet owners, and policy makers affected by the device.

The new report is available for free download on the group's AntiChips.com website at: http://www.antichips.com/faq/index.html

While on the website, readers are encouraged to download Dr. Albrecht's comprehensive 52-page overview of the studies, "Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990-2006," and to review scanned copies of the original documents.


ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.antichips.com/
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2008

CASPIAN RELEASES MICROCHIP CANCER REPORT

http://www.antichips.com/press-releases/verichip-cancer-report.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2007

CASPIAN RELEASES MICROCHIP CANCER REPORT

Sets record straight after misleading claims by HomeAgain and VeriChip implant manufacturers

A new paper titled "Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990­2006" has been released today by CASPIAN. The full, 48-page paper provides a definitive review of the academic literature showing a causal link between implanted radio-frequency (RFID) microchip transponders and cancer in laboratory rodents and dogs. In addition, a brief, four-page synopsis of the full report is being made available.

Benezra QuoteEleven articles previously published in toxicology and pathology journals are evaluated in the report. In six of the articles, between 0.8% and 10.2% of laboratory mice and rats developed malignant tumors around or adjacent to the microchips, and several researchers suggested the actual tumor rate may have been higher. Two additional articles reported microchip-related cancer in dogs.

In almost all cases, the malignant tumors, typically sarcomas, arose at the site of the implants and grew to surround and fully encase the devices. In several cases the tumors also metastasized or spread to other parts of the animals.

Public revelation of a casual link between microchipping and cancer in animals has prompted widespread public concern over the safety of implantable microchips. The story was first broken to the public in September through an article written by Associated Press Reporter Todd Lewan. Prior to the AP story, the journal articles were completely unknown outside of small academic circles.

"The AP did a superb job informing the public of the existence of these journal articles," said Dr. Katherine Albrecht, a leading privacy expert and long-time VeriChip opponent who authored the new paper. "Unfortunately," Dr. Albrecht added, "a lot of misinformation about the cancer research has circulated since Mr. Lewan's article was published. I wrote the report to set the record straight."

The animal-microchip study findings were so compelling that one of Mr. Lewan's sources, Dr. Robert Benezra, head of the Cancer Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was quoted as saying, "There's no way in the world, having read this information, that I would have one of those chips implanted in my skin, or in one of my family members."

Nevertheless, representatives of the chipping industry have made inaccurate public statements about the research findings in an effort to confuse the public.

Scott Silverman, CEO of the VeriChip Corporation which makes the controversial VeriChip human implant, recently provided inaccurate information to Time Magazine. Mr. Silverman is quoted as saying that none of the tumors found in mice in a 2006 French study were malignant. In fact, not only were the tumors malignant sarcomas, but most of the afflicted animals died prematurely as a result of the microchip-associated tumors.

In addition, Destron Fearing, makers of the HomeAgain pet implant, dismissed a finding of fibrosarcoma--a highly lethal cancer--as 'benign' in a recent report.

A fibrosarcoma is a type of sarcoma, a malignant tumor of soft tissue that connects, supports or surrounds other structures and organs of the body. Dr. Timothy Jennings, an expert on implant-induced cancers in humans, said he was "not aware of any nosology incorporating an entity of 'benign fibrosarcoma'" and agreed that "any tumor classified as sarcoma should be viewed as malignant."

"Either VeriChip and the makers of HomeAgain actually don't understand the difference between a benign fibroma and a malignant fibrosarcoma," noted Dr. Albrecht, "or they're deliberately lying to the public. Either way, it's clear they can't be trusted. We hope our new report will set the record straight."

The report includes a one- to three-page writeup on each of the original studies. In addition to a detailed review of the academic literature, the report contains recommendations for patients, pet owners, veterinarians, and policy makers, including the following: (1) Further microchipping of humans should be immediately discontinued; (2) Implanted patients should be informed in writing of the research findings and offered a procedure for microchip removal; and (3) Policy makers should reverse all animal microchipping mandates.

As part of its public awareness campaign, CASPIAN will be issuing copies of the new report to leading policy and decision makers.

The full 48-page report and four-page synopsis are also immediately available for public download at http://www.antichips.com/cancer/

ABOUT CASPIAN

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

WEBSITES:
Human Chipping:
http://www.AntiChips.com
RFID:
http://www.SpyChips.com
Shopper Cards:
http://www.NoCards.org


Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy

Host of "Uncovering the Truth" We the People Radio Network, M-F 10AM-12PM EST
Listen live:
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Co-author of "SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID" http://www.spychips.com/book/booksales.html

Bio online at: http://www.spychips.com/media/katherine-albrecht.html


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2008

Students to get RFID tracking chips

Posted by: Robert Thinker

Mon Jan 7, 2008 8:27 pm (PST)

This just smells bad, real bad. Whats wrong with the muppets in this country even thinking of approving something as nonsensical as this? Ultimately, what they want to do is to implant every citizen in this country, moves like this prove this is their agenda. Nevermind the RF coming from these chips has proved to cause cancer and other issues in Cattle!

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080108/D8U1E97G0.html

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A tech company with ties to a school district plans to test a tracking system by putting computer chips on grade-schoolers' backpacks, an experiment the ACLU ripped Monday as invasive and unnecessary.



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2007

Charity supports dementia tagging

BBC News

12/27/07

Proposed electronic tagging of dementia sufferers, with their agreement, has been backed by a key charity.
The Alzheimer’s Society said the plan could empower patients by allowing them to wander, but called for a debate on the ethics of gaining consent.Many dementia sufferers feel compelled to walk about outside - the society says 60% may wander, and 40% have got lost at some point.The government has said tagging could allow people to lead “fuller lives”...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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