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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
ANTICHRIST WILL HAVE A MARK OF THE
BEAST AND BIOMETRICS COULD VERY WELL PLAY A PART IN IT.
WE WILL NOW LOOK INTO REVELATION,
WHICH INTRODUCES US TO ANTICHRIST.
FUTURE OF BIOMETRICS NEWS
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of
God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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;
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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)
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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