RFID, YOUR SHOES, AND YOU

15. December 2006, 17:47 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

It appears that a group of researchers at the University of Washington have shown how you can use RFID for surveillance.

They demonstrated a system that automatically tracks people through the Nike + iPod Sport Kit. Apparently the transmitter used in the Kit to send information from the shoes to the iPod can be read up to 60 feet away. Since it broadcasts a unique ID, it can be used to track an individual.

They built a surveillance device (approximate cost $250) and then interfaced their surveillance system with Google Maps. For those skeptical that RFID chips can be used for intrusive purposes this is an excellent wake up call. These chips have no personal identifying information but can still bel be used to track people and since the chips have unique IDs, those IDs can be used for surveillance.

This should be a wakeup call that privacy can be compromised easily by some of the most apparently innocuous technologies.

A copy of the technical report can be found here.

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Keywords: RFID,privacy,surveillance,security,nike,ipod

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