FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2004
CASPIAN RFID Privacy Activist Heads to Germany and England
Metro Store of the Future, Britain's Marks & Spencer among stops
When RFID privacy activist Katherine Albrecht shops at Germany's Metro Store of the Future this weekend, she won't be loading her cart with staples like bread and milk. Rather, the Founder and Director of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) will be shopping for RFID tags, hidden cameras and other intrusive surveillance technology.
Metro's Store of the Future in Rheinberg, Germany, is the industry's showplace for radio frequency (RFID) product tagging technology. There, companies like Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM are testing their product tracking technologies on real consumers.
"Metro has been gracious enough to arrange a tour of their store," said Albrecht, who will be meeting with store executives on Saturday, January 31. "I'm looking forward to better understanding what the industry has planned for consumers worldwide."
visit is being sponsored by the German privacy organization FoeBud, famous
for its annual Big Brother Awards. The 2003 winner in the consumer privacy
category was Metro. Foebud plans to present Metro with its Big Brother
statue during Albrecht's visit.
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