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Santa's Reindeer Tracked with Radio Frequency Devices
"Once they've secretly tracked heads of state, everything's game"
Here's a riddle: What do Santa's reindeer and heads of state have in common? Give up?
The answer is they have all have been tagged with radio frequency devices.
Prime ministers, presidents and other high-level officials from around the world were secretly tagged with RFID-enabled identification badges at a recent technology summit, the Washington Times revealed last week.
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"We're shocked at how quickly this technology has gone from tracking animals to tracking presidents," said Katherine Albrecht, Founder and Director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN). "Just as we were settling in to enjoy the holidays we learn this shocking news. What's next, tracking Santa's elves?"
The revelations come as no surprise to Arctic reindeer that have had to put up with radio frequency tracking devices for years. Reindeer privacy has been a thing of the past ever since researchers began fitting them with special collars that transmit information about their location and movements. A special feature of the collars is a mortality sensor that
detects whether they are alive or dead.
Snowmobiling scientists now regularly cruise the frozen north wielding giant antennas that can track the reindeer's habits from as far away as 6 kilometers.
"It's like we've been put under a microscope," lamented one of Santa's reindeer employees who declined to give his name. "Even in the off season, when we're supposedly free to roam the tundra, we can't relax because we know Santa's got his eye on us." Santa was unavailable for comment due to pressing work commitments.
Fortunately for officials attending the World
Summit on the Information Society in Geneva earlier this month, the radio
tracking devices affixed to them were substantially less powerful than
those affixed to reindeer. Unlike reindeer collars, the dignitaries' ID
tags had a read range of only a few centimeters, and the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) that hosted the event passed on the mortality
sensors (though in retrospect, they might have been useful during the
more tedious summit sessions).
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