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Katherine Albrecht is the Erin Brockovich of RFID.
- Wired Magazine


This is no wild-eyed street preacher. Albrecht is a Harvard PhD candidate in educational psychology and a reliable media staple, appearing on seemingly every TV or radio talk show on the topic of RFID. Red-haired and apple-cheeked, she's wearing a tasteful sweater with a silk scarf draped around her shoulders. Albrecht is the founder of Caspian, Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering. She's well-informed, appealing, and adept at rebutting the pro-RFID arguments of industry shills and tech wonks. Most of all, she sees the danger and she's spreading the word. If Ashton is RFID's Johnny Appleseed, Albrecht is Erin Brockovich.

Albrecht began worrying about supermarkets in 1998. Looking at all the retailer loyalty cards in her wallet, she got to thinking about the databases behind them, wondering how information on her every transaction would be analyzed, used to influence her purchasing decisions, and sold to others. When RFID came along, she attended an Auto-ID Center meeting at MIT and heard a marketer say, "Won't it be great when we know every time the consumer takes the lid off the toothpaste in their own bathroom?" Realizing that the tiny chips were more powerful - and troubling - than loyalty cards ever could be, she took Caspian on the warpath against RFID.




Privacy advocates tune in to concerns about ID technology.Rebecca Porter. Trial 44.1 (Jan 2008): p14(4). (1973 words)
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Gone in a blink: the overlooked privacy problems caused by contactless payment systems. (Winner of the Computer Law Association 2006 Information Technology Law Writing Competition).Shane L. Smith. Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review 11.1 (Wntr 2007): p213(51). (21104 words)

Little chip evokes Big Brother.(radio frequency identification's usage invade personal privacy).Tresa Baldas. The National Law Journal (Oct 4, 2022)(1478 words)


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Restore the Republic Magazine

Associated Press

South Bend Tribune

Washington Times

LA Weekly

Boston Phoenix

Village Voice

Wall Street Journal

New Scientist


CPU Magazine

Hustler Magazine

Information System Security

Christian Science Monitor

Business Week

Consumer Reports




New York Times

Advertsing Age

Popular Mechanics

Utne Reader

PC Magazine

PC World

Industrial Engineer

National Journal


Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Supermarket News (Power 50)

Bank Technology News

Intelligent Enterprise

Motor Transport

RCR Wireless News

Intelligent Enterprise

Information Week

USA Today

Time Magazine

Chain Store Age

Food Logistics

SN: Supermarket News

The Financial Post (Canada)



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