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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

"Ultimately this technology will enslave humanity,"
-- Katherine Albrecht

From: Katherine Albrecht
Subject: CASPIAN unveils "RFID Right to Know Act of 2003"
Date sent: 17 Jun 2003 07:41:14 -0400
(URGENT: Please call or write your Senators and Congressional
Representative and ask them to sponsor this bill. I will personally fly
out to meet any lawmaker anywhere in the nation who wants to take this up.
-Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN)


Proposed "RFID Right to Know Act of 2003" mandates disclosures on
products with RFID chips

June 11, 2003

CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) has
unveiled federal legislation calling for mandatory disclosures on consumer
products containing radio frequency identification (RFID) chips. The "RFID
Right to Know Act of 2003" would protect consumers against unwittingly
purchasing products embedded with remote surveillance devices.

RFID chips are tiny tracking devices that transmit product information by
radio waves. These devices can be smaller than a grain of sand and can be
hidden in consumer products, making the products remotely trackable. For
example, the chips can be embedded in ATM cards, sewn into the seams of
pants, or woven into shirt labels without their owners' knowledge.

"RFID technology is moving forward at an incredible pace, and there is an
urgent need for this legislation," says CASPIAN Founder and Director
Katherine Albrecht. "Companies have already begun embedding these chips in
products people buy today. For all you know, these chips could be in your
home now. The problem is you have no way of knowing."

Albrecht paints a picture of the implications: Imagine walking into a
store and having a computer take an inventory of everything you're
wearing--right down to the size and color of your underwear. Store
employees could even read the contents of your wallet to determine whether
you're a desirable customer or someone they want to ignore based on your
financial value. The possibilities for discrimination are quite

CASPIAN has already called for a moratorium on the use of RFID chips in
consumer products until the societal implications can be addressed.
However, in light of the fact that Wal-Mart, the nation's largest
retailer, is forging ahead with the technology, legislation to protect
consumers is urgently needed.

In addition to requiring mandatory labeling to alert consumers to the
presence of RFID chips, the legislation would make it illegal for
companies to link the chips with personally identifying information.

The "RFID Right to Know Act of 2003" was authored for CASPIAN by Zoe
Davidson of the Boston University Legislative Clinic. The full text of the
legislation and a summary are available for review at the CASPIAN web
site. (See


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

For more information, visit CASPIAN's website at

Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN Founder and Director: (877) 287-5854

Mary Starrett, CASPIAN Media Associate: (602) 315-6193

Zoe Davidson, author of the legislation:

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CASPIAN - Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering A
national consumer organization opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and
other retail surveillance schemes since 1999

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following link or cut and paste it into your browser:

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subscribe or unsubscribe via email by writing to:


For CASPIAN's overview of RFID product identification and tracking
technology, please see:

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