September 13, 2004
RFID has a long way to go to convince everyone: "The people say no"
News.com recently ran a report on companies with technologies that involve implanting RFID chips under people's skin or inside a bracelet. The issue has united people with fairly strong religious beliefs and libertarian privacy advocates. [...] Nearly every reader who wrote News.com about the story expressed outrage and disdain.[...]It's hard to argue against fundamentalists of any belief, but interestingly, in the 1990ies' European Union debate in Norway, religious politicians labelled the European Union "The Beast"... I guess there's symbolism everywhere you look, if you want to find it.
A large number of letters [...] asserted that human RFID tags are a demonic tool. Several pointed out that in the Bible, Revelations 13:16-17 read: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Posted by andersja