- Creating digital images that can be updated every day
- Shutting off water in a leaking toilet
- Finding golf balls
- Tracking your car's license plates
- Replacing postage stamps
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags may soon replace barcodes as a means for labeling all sorts of things, like the clothes you wear and the food you eat. These chips are truly a mixed technological blessing. On the positive side, RFID tags help stores track their inventory more efficiently and economically.
On the negative, they pose potentially onerous troubling risks to your health, privacy and security. RFID signals can be encrypted, but most commercial RFID tags don't bother to include this kind of security, because it's too expensive.
The USDA may soon call for RFID chips to track farm animals in a governmental database, greatly risking the financial health of organic farmers as well as our own. This measure could literally wipe out most all the small organic farmers that simply don't have the means and resources to secure these high-tech gadgets and implement the required expensive reporting systems.
The vast permutations of RFID technology will have untold effects on your lives, and some will be good ones. Unfortunately, RFID has the potential to create far more problems for your health, if it isn't handled sensibly.
On Vital Votes, Jim from Concord, Massachusetts warns that it may already be too late: