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Airport security chiefs and efficiency geeks will be able to keep close tabs on airport passengers by tagging them with a high powered radio chip developed at the University of Central London...
...People will be told to wear radio tags round their necks when they get to the airport. The tag would notify a computer system of their identity and whereabouts. The system would then track their activities in the airport using a network of high definition cameras...

[source:http://www.theregister.com/2006/10/12/airport_rfid/]

I'm not the only one disturbed by this, right?

Right, so ways around this:
-Swapping tags with other people in bathrooms
-->can be countered by adding restrictions: you're supposed to be flying out of this gate, then you have to exit via this gate with your own tag.

-Ditching your tag to do Bad Thingsā„¢ like bombs, etc.
-Making your tag broadcast someone else's signal.
-Making your tag broadcast a scrambled or random signal.
-->Object counting software - we see people in area, but there's a person missing a tag
or /duplicate tags/unissued tag id being returned. Flag security and notify them. This is much harder, and requires a shitload of processing power, but it's doable.
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GAH, WHAT THE HELL?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/18/AR2005101801663.html?referrer=email

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it isn't. The pages coming out of your color printer may contain hidden information that could be used to track you down if you ever cross the U.S. government.

Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. The article quoted a senior researcher at Xerox Corp. as saying the dots contain information useful to law-enforcement authorities, a secret digital "license tag" for tracking down criminals....

...

...With the Xerox printers, the information appears as a pattern of yellow dots, each only a millimeter wide and visible only with a magnifying glass and a blue light.

The EFF said it has identified similar coding on pages printed from nearly every major printer manufacturer, including Hewlett-Packard Co., though its team has so far cracked the codes for only one type of Xerox printer.

The U.S. Secret Service acknowledged yesterday that the markings, which are not visible to the human eye, are there, but it played down the use for invading privacy.

"It's strictly a countermeasure to prevent illegal activity specific to counterfeiting," agency spokesman Eric Zahren said. "It's to protect our currency and to protect people's hard-earned money."...

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