Bodily Integrity Act (protection from implants)

Proposed legislation to prevent the forced or coerced chipping of individuals

CASPIAN / Katherine Albrecht

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• Expands the definition of "tracking device" to include devices other than microchips.

New technologies such as the Somark chipless RFID tattoo do not contain a microchip, and would therefore be exempt from legislation referring only to "microchips." We have expanded the definition to cover all immediately foreseeable advancements in human tagging and tracking.

• Raises the age of consent for chipping to 18.

Society recognizes that children lack the maturity to act in their own best interest when it comes to certain issues. For example, children are prohibited by law from smoking or joining the military. Being implanted with a microchip is at least as serious, and should not be undertaken by anyone who lacks the maturity to fully understand its implications from a personal, spiritual, ethical, and societal standpoint.

• Prohibits a parent or guardian from making a chipping decision for a child or other dependent person.

In the same way that parents cannot force (or allow) their minor children to smoke or join the military, they should not be allowed to decide a chip implantation issue for them. Many people consider injecting an implant into another person's flesh without that person's full consent as violent and invasive as rape. Parental permission is not enough to allow a violating and violent act to be performed on a child. A guardian's consent is not enough to allow such an act to be performed on an incapacitated person, either.

• Prohibits the chipping of a person's remains after death.

Injecting a microchip into someone's body after death is a desecration of that person's remains, and deeply violates many people's religious sensibilities. No one's body should be desecrated or their belief system compromised after death.

• Prohibits discrimination on the basis of chip implants.

To protect people from forced or coerced chipping, society should be as blind to Implant status as it is to race, color, and creed. No one should be discriminated against because they refuse to take an implant. No employer, insurance company, government body or other entity should be allowed to discriminate against a person for refusing to be chipped. Incentives, discounts, or other programs that favor chipped individuals must also be prohibited.

RFID Right to Know Act of 2003 (labeling)

Proposed federal legislation to mandate labeling of RFID-enabled products and enact consumer privacy protections

CASPIAN / Katherine Albrecht

AN ACT To require that commodities containing radio frequency identification tags bear labels stating that fact, to protect consumer privacy, and for other purposes. Requires that a consumer commodity or package that contains or bears a radio frequency identification tag shall bear a label that should state, at a minimum, that the consumer commodity or package contains or bears a radio frequency identification tag, and that the tag can transmit unique identification information to an independent reader both before and after purchase; and be in a conspicuous type-size and location and in print that contrasts with the background against which it appears... [more]

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Invited Presentations before the Federal Trade Commission


FTC Workshop

"eHavioral Advertising: Tracking, Targeting, & Technology"

November 2, 2021

* Agenda [PDF]
* Katherine's Speech [Powerpoint Presentation]
* Video: Windows Media Real Player
* Read the transcript (see pp. 203-211 of this 266-page document)
* Read a shorter transcript (rather poorly formatted)

FTC Workshop

"Radio Frequency IDentification: Applications and Implications for Consumers"
June 21, 2022

* Agenda [PDF]
* Katherine's Speech [Powerpoint Presentation]
* Read the transcript (see pp. 227-243 of this 316-page document)
* Report [PDF]

Testimony before NH House Commerce Committee

March 9, 2022

Testimony before the NH House Commerce Committee on HB478-FN: "Relative to remotely readable devices and relative to the illegal use of a payment card scanning device or reencoder."

Video of All Testimony    Part 1      Part 2

(Katherine's testimony is in Part 2)

Video courtesy of Biker Bill

Testimony before US State Legislatures

  • California State Legislature

  • Washington State Legislature

  • Massachusetts State Legislature

  • Michigan State Legislature

  • Arizona State Legislature

  • New Hampshire State Legislature

  • New Hampshire RFID Commission

Invited Talk for European Commission

(details to follow)

Terra Incognita:
International Conference of Privacy Commissioners 2007


RFID Powerpoints from all speakers (scroll for Katherine's)

(There's also a video of the presentation somewhere)

Invited Talk for Canada Office of the Privacy Commissioner
Jennifer Stoddart

(details to follow)

Montreal Civil Society Workshop - "Privacy Rights in a World Under Surveillance"

(Several more to be added)

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