- In this series, I'll present the state of the art in
privacy theft using technology and product announcements extracted from
various sources. It's time for everyone to know about these - not just
those who benefit commercially by violating your right to privacy. This
series will be an attempt to present extracts on these new systems and
technologies, and is not intended to promote them in any way.
- GETTING A COUNTERFEIT DRIVER'S LICENSE GETTING TOUGHER
- Source: Advanced Imaging March 2005
- Nine states and counties in the span of less than three
years have started using biometric technology with driver's licensing.
Minnesota has started using a white light hologram on their license. Homeland
Security is also encouraging embedded watermarks and other technologies.
- But this goes farther - moving the country toward a
nation ID card and subsequently, a cashless society. [Supposedly] Homeland
Security wants this card, but the Whitehouse claims it does not. The technology
being promoted originates from NIST in Maryland, which has close ties with
intelligence agencies. This is already a written standard called the government
smart card interoperability specification. And it includes a barcode among
other features. It also contains re-writeable memory, an optical strip
with 4MB of data storage and storage of a handwritten signature.
- PROBLEMS: What good is all this security, if illegal
aliens are freely given licenses? Our current administration already wants
to give amnesty to everyone crossing the Rio Grande. If a counterfeit person
holds a valid license, then what will all of this protect against? This
card effectively makes any illegal alien a legal alien. Now we will all
be barcoded like a can of baked beans on a supermarket shelf.
- The re-writable data area opens a big, ugly door to corruption
and fraud that can never be closed. Unscrupulous government "employees"
could wreck your life with a quick card re-write. Without knowing it, your
card could come up with a laundry list of crimes at a traffic stop - all
crimes you never committed and would have no way to prove you didn't. You
would be slammed to the ground by a boot in your back without any idea
of what's happening .
- The real end game of driver licenses and a national ID
is the elimination of all money, forcing us into a cashless society, and
- REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING ALLOWS SHARING ELECTRONIC RECORDS
- Source: Medical Design July/August 2005
- The FDA approved the *newest *version of software for
remote patient monitoring for St. Jude Medical, Inc. [Remember them -
always looking for donations? Something to think about the next time their
expensive television ads appear on your television.]
- The software lets medical professionals create PDF files
of a patient's device-interrogation results and transmit them to a secure
website for review by physicians.
- The system offers live connection with a medical professional,
and is supposedly the world's first remote patient monitoring system to
transmit complex medical data in real time over standard telephone lines
for immediate review. The diagnostics provide real-time electrocardiograms,
surface ECGs, signals and settings of the ICD, delivered therapies and
- TRANSLATION: All your personal information and medical
history, every single detail, can now be sent anywhere on the planet without
your permission. Think they can't do that? Signing the HIPPA form at your
doctor's office gives everyone in that office, and anyone else listed on
the HIPPA statement blanket permission to do just that. This will also
exacerbate the problem of having some under-educated (or non-educated)
person sitting in a cubicle over in the near east, the permission to look
at your test results and even render a paid opinion. Unskilled test review
can result in possibly giving wrong advice that could threaten proper treatment,
by misdiagnosing tests and subsequently denying treatment. Tell your doctor
you do NOT give permission to have your test results, films or data files
reviewed by overseas people.
- And that statement about a "secure website?"
Does that exist?
- RFID SEALS ON INJECTABLE PHARMACEUTICALS
- Source: Medical Design July/August 2005
- This is being promoted as a means for "increased
protection against counterfeiting and tampering through the use of over,
covert, trace, and track technologies. The manufacturer claims that the
film-like device under the package seal can enhance product security and
prevent counterfeiting. The product announcement states that the FDA is
recommending "overt and covert and forensic measures to secure drug
- IMPLICATIONS: Ultra-close tracking and tracing of everything
injected into YOU. And another dark side- It opens the door to covert drug
experiments on anyone, without consent.