Passports used to track people? why go so far..
In recent news, a posting on slashdot talked about: Cruising Fisherman’s Wharf For New Passports’ Serial Numbers as a means of gaining access to sensitive information as well as being able to secretly do surveillance on people without their concent.
Is it just me, or have everyone forgotten the little, sometimes more than one, devices they take around with them all the time called cellphones?
Those tiny devices are perfect for surveillance, they emit a signal, when the signal is too weak to reach a cell site they try harder, they – if enabled – broadcast their GPS location via Google Latitude, and can allow anyone with the right equipment – not expensive as you would think – to track you down.
I think that the RFID and Passports “noise” being generated is just a smoke screen to distract people from the already existing and being used ability of governments and bad people of course, to track you down using the signalls emitted by your cellphone.
RFID unlike cellphones, can be easily blocked by simple means, for example putting your passport into a aluminium/metal sleeve, while I don’t see anyone doing the same to their cellphones