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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Future of Biometrics study on the Future of Biometrics news. This the future of biometrics news study
asks what is the future of biometrics news and how the future of biometrics news affects you according to the Bible. What is biometrics and how could biometrics play a part in the End Times? Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of the future of biometrics in this the future of biometrics Bible study, shall we?

 

FUTURE OF BIOMETRICS NEWS

BIOMETRICS AND THE BIBLE 

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE BIBLE?

Before we share the information on Biometrics, let us look at what the Bible predicted almost 2000 years ago before ANY type of modern technology was available.

ANTICHRIST WILL HAVE A MARK OF THE BEAST AND BIOMETRICS COULD VERY WELL PLAY A PART IN IT.

Biometrics RFID Chips

WE WILL NOW LOOK INTO REVELATION, CHAPTER 13
WHICH INTRODUCES US TO ANTICHRIST.

 

FUTURE OF BIOMETRICS NEWS

FUTURE OF BIOMETRICS MEANING WITH FUTURE OF BIOMETRICS MESSAGE

Soon, an empire will arise, as did the Roman empire. It will have a fierce ruler which will be directed by Satan himself. This leader is known as Antichrist. Satan gives him his power, and he is marveled after by mankind and they will fear him.

Revelation 13:2-4
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast (Antichrist) ... And they worshipped the dragon (satan) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

People will worship Satan who gives Antichrist power !!!

Antichrist will speak against God and he is given power for 3 and 1/2 years (42 months based on the Hebrew 360 day year) He will make war with the Saints during his 3 and 1/2 year reign (Remember that is how long the Christians are hidden) and he has power over ALL mankind (Except TRUE Christians) and they will all worship him in fear.

Revelation 13:5-8
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (3 and 1/2 years) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His Tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Yet AGAIN ... Here is evidence that there ARE Christians on earth during the End Times.

Antichrist will make war with the Saints and overcome them.

How will Antichrist make war with the Saints AND overcome them if there are no Christians on earth as they were all raptured already?

It is just NOT true that ALL Christians are Raptured.

If one is not convinced by now that there ARE Christians on Earth during the End Times, they are choosing not to believe, based on something other than God's Word, as He makes it clear ...

THERE ARE CHRISTIANS ON EARTH DURING THE END TIMES.

Let's get back to our study on Antichrist, shall we?

He will have a false prophet with him. This Religious figure will cause the world to worship the Beast (Antichrist) who had died from a wound and was healed.

Revelation 13:11-13
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from Heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

This false prophet can do miracles as to deceive many, even bring fire down from the sky a God did for Elijah.

2 Kings 1:12
And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.
And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

This type of act will make many believe it is a true prophet and they will fear.

This false prophet will cause mankind to create an image of the beast and this image will be alive and be able to speak and cause those that do not worship the image to be killed.

Revelation 13:14-15
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

He will also make all of mankind receive a mark of the beast in their right hand or in their forehead. Nobody will be able to buy or sell without this mark of the beast.

The mark of the beast will somehow represent 666.

Revelation 13:16-18
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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Many think the "mark of the beast" will be an implant of a bar code under the skin. Kind of like the one on all the products we now buy, where they scan them at the checkout counter at your local grocery store. See the BIOMETRICS study to learn more of this.

So, in the End Times, when mankind goes to make a purchase of any sort, from gasoline, paying bills to buying groceries for their family, they will simply reveal the Mark of the beast and receive what they want.

However ... If you do not have the mark, I suppose that you will be quickly escorted away to either accept the mark or be put to death.

And what of this "image" that can speak? Well, if you are viewing this webpage now, you are using an "image that can speak". The computer is quickly becoming the new trend in communication. The computer may be used in the construction of this image. There is no way to be sure until this image is set up, so just be watchful.

We will now be looking into the very strange world of Biometrics now in order to understand a certain aspect of the Bible where we are warned of antichrist's deeds during his reign of terror. It is written that antichrist will perform certain deeds that will require technology to perform, reach and control the entire earth.

In this study, we will look into ... Biometrics Technologies & RFID Chips.  

What is Biometrics? You may have heard of it briefly on the news. You may have even participated in it and not even known it. The definition: Biometrics - Devices which confirm identification by measuring biological or behavioral features. The most common biometric measure is fingerprints, but some devices also identify based on a retinal or iris (eye) scan, face or voice. Those who promote Biometrics promise that our identities would be virtually impossible to steal, impersonate or misplace if we accept the procedure.

 

WOW !!! Sounds cool huh? I mean hey, are you tired of worrying about your identity being stolen? Are you worried about the person looking over your shoulder at the ATM or at the grocery store and seeing your password or Pin #? What if you are mugged and your wallet or purse is taken. Any money or credit cards you had could be used by the burglar and you are out of luck. Yet, your fingerprint, eyes, face or even voice cannot be stolen. (Yes … for you sinister thinkers out there, they have created a way that if your finger or eye are removed they would not work in a biometric scanning device. So there you go.)

 

Need gas in your car … Scan your finger or eye. Need money from the ATM for a night out on the town … Scan it for cash. Need groceries, cash your check, open a bank account, anything to do with your money ... Scan it. It is safe and you won’t have to worry about thieves. Face scanning has also emerged as one of the hottest biometric methods for identifying people. The goal is to use unique body parts -- such as fingerprints, eyes, face or hand patterns -- to help identity someone as friend or suspected foe.

 

Here is a quote from Sgt. Greg Fox of the Identity Theft Task Force at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in California "Some type of biometric is the only way we'll be able to reliably identify anyone, you can take my name, but you can't take my print."

 

There are many today who are concerned that it gives way to any entity being able to track down our every move, purchases and invading our right to privacy. I mean, as they are placing these eye scanners and other biometric reading devices in our surroundings “they” will be watching over our every moves. It is occurring all over the world more so in other countries such as the European Union than in America. The frightening thing is that whoever has control over this massive people database will be a very powerful person. So what's the big deal about Biometrics and what does it have to do with End Times?

 

In the book of Revelation, Chapter 13 it says that the false prophet who is the antichrist's right hand man, will cause all people great and small, rich and poor, free and imprisoned to place a mark in their right hand or forehead. No man might buy or sell unless he had this mark, or the name of the beast (antichrist) or the number of his name. Notice it says there are 3 ways to be able to buy or sell, a mark, the name of the beast or the number of his name which is 666.

 

Many businesses were concerned about implementing this biometric technology into their systems because they thought the public would be paranoid that this was either “big brother” or the antichrist at work. However, over the past few years they have been running trials in their stores and not only has the public welcomed this, their business sales have increased by up to 12% in some cases. This shows them that the public is accepting this technology in the name of convenience and security against thieves. Years ago this technology was a thing of the future, a pipe dream if you will. The future is now here and the dreams have indeed become reality.

 

Many stores such as Home Depot have offered cashier-less check out isles where you purchase your goods by computer touch screen via cash, credit or check/debit. This is the first step in giving way to the biometric system which will make shopping much more expeditious. This is a sign that shows us now that for the first time in history the technology that would allow the antichrists mark of the beast system is not only available, it is being used today and the number of businesses and consumers that are being attracted to it are growing daily.  At this time there are school systems that are using the fingerprint biometric system for lunches. Instead of kids getting daily lunch money from their parents or from government assisted lunch programs this money is put into an account with each child's information in this database. They then scan the finger of each child for the database and when its time for lunch they scan their finger to see what if any funds are in that account for the child to eat that day. In fact many schools are using these scanners on busses as well as using them to take roll in class. Whether or not you think it is a good idea for convenience and safety for the children being bullied for their lunch money doesn’t seem to matter. They are doing it anyway. When the antichrist rises to power this system must have been in use and accepted as the norm. This can be in worldwide use in as little as a few years. Definitely a sign of the End Times and it is worth looking into more and keeping an eye on in the near future.

 

Well it looks like science fiction is once again becoming a fact. Implantable microchips under the skin so that you can buy drinks and food at a club in Barcelona. Apparently the VeriChip corporation, which is selling these implantable chips, has told the owner of the Baja Beach Club in Barcelona that there was a plan to use the VeriChip as a global implantable identity system.

 

"The objective of this technology is to bring an ID system to a global level that will destroy the need to carry ID documents and credit cards. The VeriChip that we implant in the Baja will not only be for the Baja, but is also useful for whatever other enterprise that makes use of this technology."

Last April, Barcelona's Baja Beach Club began micro chipping its VIP nightclub members, to let them into exclusive areas and clock up drinks and food via a chip implant in the arm produced by VeriChip Corporation.

Here are a couple of scientists that can send emails by just thinking. Within a decade, Mr. Grulke says, microchips will be common. Already two scientists at Britain's Warwick University have chips embedded under their skin that let them send emails just by thinking. The process is still cumbersome, Mr. Grulke says, but by willing a cursor around a keyboard on a computer screen with their mind, they can write and send emails. "It's really the start of interfacing the chip with the nervous system," he said. We need to beware that the implanting of a chip is already becoming the hip thing to do and soon it will be the only thing to do. How easy will it be for the antichrist to step in and take over a global identity system that already exists?

 

RFID CHIPS

 

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification Devices also known as spy chips. This is a tiny rice sized chip that is being used today in clothes, billboards, vehicles, merchandise and very soon in drivers’ licenses or ID cards. This chip holds all private information of a consumer that can be easily read by a RFID reader.

 

For instance, Wal-Mart stores are now using these chips for all their suppliers to keep track of stock. By the end of 2005 they will be in most all of the items that you purchase from their shelves. For example, a spy chip is in the tag or may be even woven into the fabric of clothing that you purchase. It is scanned at the checkout along with your payment be it card, check or biometric such as finger or eye scan. All of your info from name to SS number, address and phone number as well as all other info required to having a credit card, check or bio metric buy and sell procedure. Perhaps and most probably even your religious preference. Any RFID reader is then able to read the info off of the spy chip in your clothing and identify who you are as a citizen. If you happen to be pulled over by the police and he reads the spy chip in your clothes or ID or even in Texas in this very year the chip will be in your vehicle inspection sticker on your windshield. Hopefully you haven't borrowed your friends or roommates clothes that day or even their car because if it doesn't match up with their info there may be a problem. A RFID reader will be likened to a speed radar gun that the police use. You will not even have to be pulled over for them to be able to read your spy chip and know who you are with all of your personal info just from sitting on the side of the road as you pass by. All new vehicles being made now have this technology in them from the factory. A new smartcard, the type privacy advocates fear because it combines biometric data with radio tags, will soon be one of the most common ID cards in Washington. Department of Homeland Security workers in May 2005 will begin using the new ID card, called the DAC , to gain access to secure areas, log on to government computers and even pay their Metro subway fares.

 

Even billboards now are reading peoples radio stations in their cars and they in turn are able to provide advertising that matches the preferences of the drivers on the next billboards on the highway as the driver passes by. If you have ever seen the movie Minority Report you will see that when people were walking through the subways or just strolling down the street or entering any building where these RFID readers were stationed they would pick up this info from each passerby and greet them by name with advertisements suited to the individual. This seems far fetched but the technology is not only available but being used at this very moment. In Tokyo last year they began issuing school ID cards with spy chips so as to tell the parents when their kids are out of school or if they did not make it to school. In northern California parents are furious over the schools mandatory rule of forcing all kids to wear a school ID with RFID chips. If we avoid buying products with spy chips or if we do not renew our inspection stickers or drivers licenses or ID cards we can avoid this invasion of privacy right? Not that easy. These RFID readers also alert when one does not have a chip. If one does not have a chip which will soon be the norm for all to have one, this person may be stopped and questioned as to why, under the pretense that this individual is a terrorist or outlaw of some sorts, he or she does not have a chip that displays their info.

 

Now what does this entire story have to do with the End Times? In the Bible; Revelation 13:15 says that the false prophet has power to give life unto the image of the beast that this image should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Now this image of the beast whatever it may look like is given life. The image which has an RFID reader or something very similar to it will have the ability to tell if you had a spy chip or not. If not... it would alert the authorities under the beasts rule to detain you. You will be given a choice to worship the beast or take his mark or you will be killed. The point of this is that the technology is in place right now and is in the plans to be used everywhere in all walks of life very soon. Whether the antichrist is in action behind these plans now or if he will step in after its in place is yet to be seen. Either way it is happening now as we speak. You may have seen them for yourself or just heard about it from the news or elsewhere. Whether you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior or if you believe in God, Allah, Buddha or you are an Atheist, the point is that these prophecies from the Bible are taking place now. Whether you believe in the Bible or not, the fact is that the Bible is scientifically regarded as a real book written thousands of years ago. is it just a coincidence that these strange prophecies are taking shape in our world today?  We need to stay aware and warn others so that we can all see what is happening and hopefully not be taken by surprise when this world ruler the antichrist comes to power.

 

There are biometric chips that have been made available for many years now that can be injected into the skin even without the person being made aware of it. There was a show on TV around 1998 about a single mother in the UK who had a 19 year old daughter who was involved in a bad crowd. She and her boyfriend would disappear for days doing drugs and other things. This, of course, made her mother very concerned. The mother tricked her daughter into going to the doctor for a flu shot under the disguise of protecting her from illness. The daughter agreed to go. Now the mother premeditated this visit with the doctor and instead of a flu shot she was injected with a spy chip. The company that the mother went to offered internet tracking of her daughter at about $20.00 per tracking session. The mother got on the internet, logged in and tracked her daughter via satellite down to the exact spot and surprised her daughter with a visit. The daughter was shocked and angered to hear how her mother had tricked her. Now this may sound like a good story for protecting our children. Yet it is very frightening to me how this can be done. Needless to say the daughter had the chip removed and went about her business. The point I think is that we are all born with free will. We must choose for ourselves on what path that we choose. Imagine how easy it would be to do this to anyone even now years later with the technology even more advanced.

 

The antichrist will force us to make a final choice one day in our near future.  Immediate death, if one refuses to accept his mark or worship him and/or his image and be condemned to eternal life in Hell, with much fear, pain, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Revelation 14:9-11 says whosoever worships the beast and his image and receives his mark in his forehead or hand shall be tormented with fire and brimstone for ever and ever and they shall have no rest day or night. This could very well be the technology in which the antichrist uses to track and control his subjects and even more ... As to seek out and track those who do not take his mark or worship him or his image.

 

Biometric technology is definitely a controversial issue in many ways. Points can be argued for and against it. I tell you the truth, I am not a government conspiracy theorist nor a paranoid psychotic by any means. I am certain that world governments are not even aware that they are preparing the way for antichrist's system. They probably imagine they are doing a good service. The truth is ... There are higher principalities and powers at work. Rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places. Those of us who are Christians are at war with these spirits not with mankind. Ephesians 6:12 Watch and see. But please read the Bible and see for yourself. It is best to read the book ... Don't wait for the movie. The most important thing of all is not to fear what is happening and what is coming but to be prepared, faithful to God's promises for those who believe and to endure the End Times. Watch and Pray.

 

 

Police turn to scan of iris to track kids
 

A new technology that could help authorities track missing children relies on eyes instead of fingerprints. The Richland County Sheriff's Department is one of the first in the nation to join the database, which stores a digital image of a person's unique iris, the colored part of the eye around the pupil. "It will probably take two or three years before we start to have a significant impact because it will take that long to get that many systems out there," O'Reily said. At least 1,200 other law-enforcement offices have requested the machine, Mullins said, adding that the goal is to have the entire country online in three to five years. Children stand about a foot away from a camera that takes a picture of the iris, which stretches in the first six months after birth and leaves marks. After that, it doesn't change. Parents get a driver's license-sized card that includes a picture and the iris scan. Then parents can decide whether to release the child's information to the national database or just keep the card. It takes about 15 seconds for the iris to be photographed and about nine seconds to search the database for a match.

Wow, isn’t that convenient? I don’t know about you but I do not trust them saying that the parents will have the right to give the info to the national database or to just keep their child’s info on an ID card. I mean if they are scanning the iris in the first place, you would think that the information would be in the database anyway. It seems to me that they are training our children to accept this national database and biometric scanning as the norm. So that it will be just as normal for the kids to participate in this type of beast technology as it is to take a test in school or play in the schoolyard for recess.

Your Papers Please! National ID Cards Coming

The federal government is moving ahead with a blizzard of new identification card proposals affecting military personnel, government workers and even ordinary Americans renewing their driver's licenses. On Tuesday, President Bush endorsed moves in Congress to tack federal regulations for state-issued driver's licenses onto the bill authorizing $81 billion in additional spending for the war in Iraq. In a letter to the House-Senate conference committee now considering the legislation, the administration said the so-called Real ID Act would strengthen procedures under which states issue driver's licenses. The Real ID Act requires all new driver's licenses to include digital photographs, anti-counterfeiting features and "machine-readable" information verifying a person's identity.

UPDATE TO THIS STORY

REAL ID Act Passes in House, Heads to Senate
Senate Passes Real ID: National ID Card On Its Way

 
Well there it is. All that it needs now is for Bush to sign it in to law. Since he endorsed this bill in the first place, it is just a matter of time before we all will be under the law to produce our biometric info ID card to any government figure that asks us. Sounds a lot like Nazi Germany doesn’t it? Even more frightening is that an evil ruler far more worse than Hitler ever was is coming to take advantage of all this oppressive, freedom raping technology. Be on the lookout.

 

 Air travelers stripped bare with X-ray machine

 The agency in charge of the nation's air security expects later this year to begin using a controversial X-ray machine that will show airport screeners a clear picture of what's under passengers' clothes — whether weapons or just bare skin. Screeners plan to test the "backscatter" machines at several U.S. airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says. The refrigerator-sized machines are considered a breakthrough in scanning technology but have been labeled "a virtual strip search" by the American Civil Liberties Union. Security workers using the machines can see through clothes and peer at whatever may be hidden in undergarments, shirts or pants. The images also paint a revealing picture of a person's nude body. The devices can potentially be used to screen hundreds of millions of air travelers each year, although TSA says more study is needed to determine how the devices may be used at U.S. airports. The machines are already used by U.S. Customs agents at 12 airports to screen passengers suspected of carrying drugs. The ACLU says the scanners invade personal privacy. "This leads directly to a surveillance society," says Barry Steinhardt, who runs the group's technology program. But Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a Senate subcommittee last month that he wants to employ the technology and doesn't want an "endless debate" over privacy issues.

Yeah I bet he doesn't. Why would he want someone to debate his idea for stripping us all naked of our privacy as well as private parts. That is their goal. Not to keep us safe from terrorists but rob our freedoms that so many people died so that we can have them. I am sure that the antichrist is smiling upon people like Chertoff. Not much longer now...

CASHLESS SOCIETY: Quick credit card coming

As if swiping a card at the checkout counter weren't fast enough, credit companies will soon let you buy goods by simply tapping a card, waving a key fob or holding a cell phone next to the cash register. Visa, MasterCard and American Express all are planning nationwide rollouts this year of "contactless payment" programs. Anyone who has used a Speedpass wand to buy gas at a Mobil or Exxon station already is familiar with contactless payments. The pinky-sized Speedpass contains a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that transmits the user's credit and security information to a gas pump. Credit card companies want to embed similar RFID technology in their plastic cards, key fobs or other devices that many consumers always carry with them, such as a cell phone or a handheld PDA computer. MasterCard, the biggest proponent of contactless payment cards, has been diligently signing up merchants for more than a year to participate in its PayPass program, including select McDonald's, vendors at the stadiums of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks, and most recently Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters nationwide. MasterCard ran an extensive consumer test of its contactless cards in Orlando two years ago and tested specially equipped Nokia cell phones with consumers in Dallas. Visa International, meanwhile, announced in February it had completed development of its own contactless payment program. The world's biggest credit card company has been mum on specifics, but has hinted it expects to announce by this summer that one or more major national banks will support chip-embedded Visa cards. It also has successfully introduced the system, using both cards and cell phones, in Asia and other parts of the world.

 

Iris Scanning To Begin At Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida's busiest airport will begin using high-tech iris-scanning technology to filter out possible terrorists and add an additional layer of security, according to Local 6 News. People at Orlando International Airport will have both irises scanned at special computers to determine their identity. "This will be an additional layer of information that is enrolled, which will be biometric information," OIA director of security Brigitte Rivera Goersch said. "Employees irises will be enrolled for the additional layer of security." The Airport Access Control Pilot Program or AACPP is a first of its kind, according to the report. A person would be required to stand in front of a special mirror and have both eyes scanned. "It has to verify both irises, not just one iris," Goersch. "Statistically it is very reliable. Iris scanners -- the technology of iris scanning -- is considered one of the most reliable biometric technologies." "You know just like we did with the airplanes with the cockpit doors and air marshals and all of that kind of stuff," federal security director Art Meinke said. It is just another step to try to figure out what can we do better." Local 6 News reported that the 90-day test could be expanded and eventually moved to airports throughout the nation.

 

 

Although the following 2 stories aren't specifically biometrics stories, we thought you would like to know just how easy it is to find information about yourself or anyone else on the internet for free. Also how our information is sold to companies by many government as well as credit card entities. For instance when you fill out a change of address card at the Post Office. That information is sold to the highest bidder. Here are some excerpts from this story.

 

Your Identity, Open to All
 

A search for personal data on ZabaSearch.com -- one of the most comprehensive personal-data search engines on the net -- tends to elicit one of two reactions from first-timers: terror or curiosity. Which reaction often depends on whether you are searching for someone else's data, or your own. ZabaSearch queries return a wealth of info sometimes dating back more than 10 years: residential addresses, phone numbers both listed and unlisted, birth year, even satellite photos of people's homes. ZabaSearch makes it easier than ever to find comprehensive personal information on anyone. ZabaSearch may give away some data for free, but it charges for additional information -- like background checks and criminal history reports, which may or may not be accurate. Critics say ZabaSearch is exploiting the lack of data privacy in America. We unknowingly leak personal information in countless ways, the argument goes, and neither the government nor private industry provides effective ways for us to control how our digital identities are shared or sold. If your information is already out there, the logic goes, at least now you'll know about it.

Spying eyes are watching you with new technology
It's easy and affordable to be an amateur snoop

Robert Gortarez is no private eye. But with an $80 piece of software intended to track what his son was doing on the Internet, the 36-year-old real estate investor uncovered some information about what his wife -- now his ex-wife -- was doing online as well. Gortarez isn't the only one. Husbands and wives, moms and dads, even neighbors and friends increasingly are succumbing to the temptation to snoop, thanks to a growing array of inexpensive, easily accessible high-tech sleuthing tools once available only to professional investigators. Move over, Big Brother. Little Brother is squeezing in. From software that secretly monitors computer activity to tiny hidden surveillance cameras and global positioning system devices, spy tools that can track a person's location now can be purchased in retail stores and on the Internet. And a growing amount of free personal information is so easy to find online that many Internet regulars don't think of it as spying. "You can bug people the way spy agencies used to do 20 years ago -- really cheap now," says Howard Rheingold, author of "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution." "The Orwellian vision was about state-sponsored surveillance. Now it's not just the state, it's your nosy neighbor, your ex-spouse and people who want to spam you." It's unclear how many Americans are using these new tools to check up on one another, especially since most people don't exactly broadcast it. But experts say citizen sleuthing is on the rise.

COMPUTER CHIP GETS UNDER SKIN OF ENTHUSIASTS

 YAHOO NEWS NEW YORK (Reuters)
Forgetting computer passwords is an everyday source of frustration, but a solution may literally be at hand -- in the form of computer chip implants. With a wave of his hand, Amal Graafstra, a 29-year-old entrepreneur based in Vancouver, Canada, opens his front door. With another, he logs onto his computer. Tiny radio frequency identification (RFID) computer chips inserted into Graafstra's hands make it all possible." I just don't want to be without access to the things that I need to get access to. In the worst case scenario, if I'm in the alley naked, I want to still be able to get in (my house)," Graafstra said in an interview in New York, where he is promoting the technology. "RFID is for me." The computer chips, which cost about $2, interact with a device installed in computers and other electronics. The chips are activated when they come within 3 inches of a so-called reader, which scans the data on the chips. The "reader" devices are available for as little as $50.Information about where to buy the chips and readers is available online at the "tagged" forum, (http://tagged.kaos.gen.nz/) where enthusiasts of the technology chat and share information. Graafstra said at least 20 of his tech-savvy pals have RFID implants." I can't feel it at all. It doesn't impede me. It doesn't hurt at all. I almost can't tell it's there," agreed Jennifer Tomblin, a 23-year-old marketing student and Graafstra's girlfriend.'ABRACADABRA' Mikey Sklar, a 28-year-old Brooklyn resident, said, "It does give you some sort of power of 'Abracadabra,' of making doors open and passwords enter just by a wave of your hand." The RFID chip in Sklar's hand, which is smaller than a grain of rice and can last up to 100 years, was injected by a surgeon in Los Angeles. Tattoo artists and veterinarians also could insert the chips into people, he said. For years, veterinarians have been injecting similar chips into pets so the animals can be returned to their owners if they are lost. Graafstra was drawn to RFID tagging to make life easier in this technological age, but Sklar said he was more intrigued by the technology's potential in a broader sense. In the future, technological advances will allow people to store, transmit and access encrypted personal information in an increasing number of wireless ways, Sklar said. Wary of privacy issues, Sklar said he is developing a fabric "shield" to protect such chips from being read by strangers seeking to steal personal information or identities. One advantage of the RFID chip, Graafstra said, is that it cannot get lost or stolen. And the chip can always be removed from a person's body. "It's kind of a gadget thing, and it's not so impressive to have it on your key chain as it is to have it in you," Sklar said. "But it's not for everyone." Sklar's girlfriend, Wendy Tremayne, has yet to be convinced. She said she probably would not inject the computer chip into her body unless she thought it was a "necessity." "If it becomes more convenient, I may," said the 38-year-old artist and yoga teacher. "(But) I'd rather have an organic life."

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