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Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Co-author of Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Advocacy
(Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering)



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877-287-5854
e-mail kma(at/@)spychips.com


Liz McIntyre
Co-founder of www.spychips.com
Co-author of the Spychips series of books



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Notable coverage highlights >>


CASPIAN RFID Press Releases

August 21, 2012
EXPERTS JOIN WITH CASPIAN TO OPPOSE RFID TRACKING IN SCHOOLS
Tracking technology is "dehumanizing," threat to privacy and civil liberties

December 6, 2006SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE MEMBER DENOUNCES "NO-SWIPE" CREDIT CARDS
"It's About Time," says CASPIAN

November 16, 2006
TOMMY THOMPSON: THE "CHIPPER" PRESIDENT?
Election Bid Raises Specter of RFID Implant Threat

October 23, 2006
CONSUMER WATCHDOGS DEMAND RECALL OF SPYCHIPPED CREDIT CARDS
CASPIAN Advises Consumers to Immediately Remove Cards from Wallets

September 28, 2006
"SPYCHIPS" PAPERBACK RELEASED BY PENGUIN/ PLUME THIS WEEK
Authors Predict Public Backlash as RFID Plans Reach Consumers En Masse

August 14, 2006
TSA CONCEPT VIDEO SHOWS FUTURE RFID-ENABLED AIRPORT
Spychips in Passports May be Just the Start, Warn Privacy Advocates

August 9, 2006
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS DENIES RFID USE
Crisis PR Firm Disavows Incriminating Video on Eve of Major Conference

Media coverage:

U.N. Observer | August 10, 2006

4-Year-Old RFID Demo Comes Back To Haunt American Eagle Outfitters
Storefront Backtalk | by Evan Schuman | August 10, 2006

June 12, 2006
SPYCHIPS CO-AUTHOR ADDS HER VOICE TO "NO NATIONAL ID" MOVEMENT
Dr. Katherine Albrecht to address Christian rally

6/6/06
Spanish-Speaking Countries Warned About RFID
"Spychips" Translation Released Today

5/31/06
WISCONSIN BANS FORCED HUMAN RFID CHIPPING
Groundbreaking Law Spotlights Opposition to VeriChip

5/18/06
VERICHIP INJECTS ITSELF INTO IMMIGRATION DEBATE
Company Pushes RFID Implants for Immigrants, Guest Workers
>> click here for a transcript of the Fox interview with Scott Silverman

Media coverage:

Putting Implants In Immigrants
Information Week | May 18, 2006

The Sierra Times | May 18, 2006

CMP TechSearch | Laurie Sullivan | May 18, 2006

4/27/06
SPYCHIPPED LEVI'S BRAND JEANS HIT THE U.S.
Levi Strauss Confirms RFID Test, Refuses to Disclose Location

Media coverage:

Privacy Group Slams Levi's for Radio ID Tags
AdAge.com | April 28, 2006

Free Market News Network | April 28, 2006

Levi ships RFID-tagged Jeans, Dockers
ITNews.com.au | May 1, 2006

CHECK THOSE NEW LEVIS FOR TAGS!
Free Market News Network | May 1, 2006

CASPIAN opposes Levi’s RFID chips in clothing
Fibre2Fashion | May 1, 2006

Levis RFID-Tagging Jeans
Portals Mag | May 01, 2006

Levi’s to ‘spychip’ jeans
Minority Report-style tagging causes uproar

Personal Computer World | May 5, 2006

4/18/06
"SPYCHIPS" AUTHORS WIN LYSANDER SPOONER AWARD
Named the Year's "Best Book on Liberty"

Media coverage:

Free Market News Network | April 19, 2006

3/15/06
RFID VULNERABLE TO VIRUS ATTACKS COULD WREAK HAVOC
Wake up and Put a Hold on Reckless Deployment, Say Privacy Activists

Media coverage:

RFID Vulnerable to Virus Attacks
NewsWithViews.com | March 17, 2006

More About RFID Tags - Dangerous Or Not?
Playfuls.com | March 16th 2006

Experts: Don't panic over RFID viruses - yet
silicon.com | March 16, 2006

2/21/06
HOMELAND SECURITY RFI HEIGHTENS PUBLIC CONCERNS OVER RFID
DHS Wants to Track Spychips in Moving Cars Going 55 MPH

Media coverage:

Homeland Security Looking at RFID Technology to Track Individuals
Consumer Affairs | February 22, 2006

US HOMELAND SECURITY RFI HEIGHTENS PUBLIC CONCERNS OVER RFID UN Observer | February 23, 2006

2/09/06
TWO U.S. EMPLOYEES INJECTED WITH RFID MICROCHIPS AT COMPANY REQUEST
Government Contractor Adopts Controversial VeriChip Implant in Workplace

1/27/06
VERICHIP RFID IMPLANT HACKED!
Will Security Problems Quash IPO Plans for Controversial Company?

Media coverage:

LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER
World Net Daily | March 8, 2006

CHIPPING WORKERS POSES HUGE SECURITY RISK
Free Market News Network | February 15, 2006

12/7/05
RFID IMPLANTS: FINE FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME
Ex-HHS Head Puts Off Being Chipped Despite July Promise

Media coverage of our Thompson story (over 40 total)

LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER - Hold off on that chip, says Thompson WorldNetDaily.com | December 12, 2005

All Eyes On You - How Spy Chips Are Quietly Reshaping Privacy ConsumerAffairs.Com | December 15, 2005

Business & Technology - Chip talk
The Seattle Times | Monday, December 12, 2005

Doug Moe: Tracking Tommy's Chip Plans
Madison.com | December 13, 2005

11/14/05
RFID INDUSTRY SUMMONS LAP DOGS TO SQUELCH SPYCHIPS EXPOSE

Panicked Proponents Resort to Half Truths, Outright Lies

11/9/05
WAL-MART PICKETED FOR RFID "SPYCHIPS" AT NEW HAMPSHIRE STORE

Beleagered Retailer Faces Criticism for Item-level Tracking Agenda

10/26/05
RFID PROMOTER SHAMED INTO REMOVING MISLEADING CLAIM FROM WEBSITE

Medical Products Company PDC Slammed by Revelations in "Spychips"

9/22/05
BIG BROTHER LOOKS ON AS MOTORISTS FUME ON HOUSTON ROADWAYS

Critics Ask Why Money was Spent on Surveillance Instead of Preparedness

1/31/05
CASPIAN Uncovers U.S. Government RFID Promotion Scheme

Heads of federal agencies encouraged to "advance the industry"

1/26/05
CASPIAN Announces Worldwide Tesco Boycott on BBC Television

Consumers react to UK retailer's planned expansion of item-level RFID

Media coverage: See the Boycott Tesco press page

11/29/04
VeriChip RFID Implants in Mexican Attorney General's Office Overstated

Dozens of news outlets unwittingly repeated overblown figure, says CASPIAN

Media coverage:

Here's lookin' at you:
A Delray company implanting people with microchips looks to the bright Orwellian future New Times (Florida) - November 25, 2004

10/19/04
FDA Letter Raises Questions about VeriChip Safety, Data Security

Implantable RFID device "poses potential risks to health"

Media coverage of VeriChip's health and data risks:

Digital Angel exiting Applied Digital? Did company fail to publicize VeriChip risks? Investor's Business Daily - October 21, 2004

FDA approves technology but also warns of possible downsides
WorldNetDaily - October 20, 2004

Group Says VeriChips May be a Risk to Health, Safety and Data
Sierra Times - October 20, 2004

Spy chip health hazards
p2pnet - October 22, 2004

Implantable RFID chip decision draws criticism
In Pharma - October 20, 2004

Implantable RFID chip decision draws criticism
Drug Researcher - October 20, 2004

9/30/04
CENSORSHIP: RFID Industry Attempts to Suppress Damaging Photos

Advanstar threatens CASPIAN founder: Pull or else

Media coverage of photo coverup attempt:

Are nappies and baby formula next to be RFID chipped?
Silicon.com - September 29, 2004

RFID promoter can't stand being tracked
The Register UK - September 30, 2004

Who tracks the trackers?
Network World Fusion - October 1, 2004

Have you been riffed lately?
P2Pnet - October 2, 2004

9/23/04
Mystery Clothing Company Plans Item-Level Rollout

CASPIAN obtains photos of Checkpoint's prototype clothing tags

Media coverage of RFID clothing labels:

Retailer to put RFID chips in all clothing - but who is it?
Silicon.com - September 24, 2004

7/19/04
Mexican Government Promotes Myth of RFID Security

Chip implants won't help crime wracked country, could make things worse

Media coverage of CASPIAN's opposition to chip implants:

Idea of implanting ID tags raises Orwellian fears
CNET - August 23, 2004

5/11/04
Wal-Mart Tries New PR Spin to Accompany Item-level RFID Tagging

"Selling the technology with partial truths is unethical," says CASPIAN

Media Coverage of Wal-Mart's Tagging Trial and CASPIAN's Opposition:

Wal-Mart attracts more RFID flak
The Register UK - May 12, 2004

Wal-Mart tests radio-frequency identification tags
The Dallas Morning News (reprinted in the Twin Falls Times-News) - April 20, 2004

2/27/04
Scandal Forces METRO to Drop RFID Loyalty Card

"This is the power of the free market at work," says CASPIAN

2/26/04
German Consumers Rebel over RFID Tracking at METRO Future Store

Protest calls for an end to RFID trials

2/5/04
German RFID Scandal: Hidden Devices, Unkillable Tags Found in Metro Future Store
Germans say, "Nein! We wont be your versuchskaninchen"

1/29/04
CASPIAN RFID Privacy Activist Heads to Germany and England

Metro Store of the Future, Britain's Marks & Spencer among stops

Media Coverage of Albrecht's European tour:
Hundreds of articles on the METRO scandal appeared in the German and European press

1/12/04
Grocery Manufacturers of America Issues Apology to RFID Privacy Activist

Character assassination not condoned, says GMA CEO

1/7/04
Errant Email Suggests Industry Attempt to Smear RFID Activist Katherine Albrecht

Grocery Manufacturers of America and Gillette CEO asked to explain and See our open letter to the GMA requesting an explanation

Media Coverage of GMA incident:

Errant E-Mail Shames RFID Backer
"The companies and organizations behind radio-frequency identification tags are scrambling to improve their image by promising to protect the privacy rights of consumers, after they were caught trying to dig up dirt about one of their most effective critics."... Wired News - Jan 12, 2004

Digital blunder exposes 'dirty tricks' in RFID war
Silicon.com - Jan 12, 2004

Grocery manufacturers apologise to anti-RFID activist over slur
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - Jan 13, 2004

Anti-RFID campaigner claims she is under personal attack
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - Jan 8, 2004

12/22/03
RFID Tags Confirmed in Australian Mach3 Razor Packages

Angry Aussies may be next to protest spy chips?

Media Coverage of RFID-laced Gillette Mach3 razor packages in Australia:

A free big brother in every pack
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - Dec 20, 2003

12/20/03
Santa’s Reindeer Tracked with Radio Frequency Devices

“Once they’ve secretly tracked heads of state, everything’s game”

Media Coverage of hidden RFID devices in identification badges of world leaders:

Bug devices track officials at summit
Washington Times, DC - Dec 13, 2003

Summit group confirms use of ID chip
Washington Times, DC - Dec 18, 2003

11/10/03
Scandal: Wal-Mart, P&G Involved in Secret RFID Testing

American consumers used as guinea pigs for controversial technology

Media Coverage of Wal-Mart, P&G Secret RFID Experiments:
Chipping Away at Your Privacy
The Chicago Sun Times reveals that Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart were involved in secret item-level RFID testing of Lipfinity lipsticks.
Chicago Sun Times - Nov 9, 2003

Wal-Mart turns customers into RFID lab rats
The Register, UK - Nov 13, 2003

Smart-shelf test triggers fresh round of criticism
CNET News.com - Nov 14, 2003

High-tech devices monitor product from manufacturer's ...
WorldNetDaily - Nov 15, 2003

The Real Scandal
RFID Journal - Nov 15, 2003

10/15/03
CASPIAN Comments on Marks & Spencer RFID Trial

Marks & Spencer Sets Dangerous Precedent in RFID Clothing Trial

Media Coverage of M&S Trial:

UK Retailer Tests Smart Tags on Clothing
InternetNews.com - Oct 16, 2003

UK retailer tests radio ID tags
ZDNet.com - Oct 16, 2003

Marks & Spencer starts tracking tag trials
Silicon.com - Oct 16, 2003

Consumer-Friendly RFID
Line 56 News - Oct 15, 2003

9/10/03
CASPIAN Protests EPC Symposium at Chicago's McCormick Place

CASPIAN Protests World Launch of RFID Spy Chip Network

Media Coverage of CASPIAN's McCormick Place Protest:

Consumer Group Plans Protest During Gillette Speech
The Sierra Times, September 14, 2003

ACLU Sues Chicago Convention Center
The Washington Times, September 12, 2003

ACLU Asks Court to Defend Free Speech Rights at McCormick Place for Group Opposed to Consumer Surveillance Technology
U.S. Newswire, September 12, 2003

LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER
Group to protest 'spy chips', Inventory technology also can be used to track consumers - WorldNet Daily, September 11, 2003

8/19/03
Gillette reverses RFID position at Mach 3 speed

Gillette does an abrupt about-face just days after Boycott Gillette campaign launched. August 19, 2003

8/11/03
CASPIAN launches Gillette boycott

Gillette faces consequences for spying on consumers. August 11, 2003

Media Coverage of Gillette's "Spy Shelf" and consumer backlash:

M&S faces righteous wrath over 'spy in a suit'
The London Times profiles CASPIAN's extraordinary consumer victories, including Gillette's backdown August 26, 2003

Privacy fears over RFID must come before profit
Silicon.com, August 26 , 2003

Gillette pulls RFID tags in UK amid protests
Slashdot, August 22, 2003

Retailers rethink tagging plans
CRM Daily, August 15, 2003

Boycott of Gillette urged over tracking of customers
Sydney Morning Herald, August 12, 2003

Boycott against Gillette launched
WorldnetDaily, August 12, 2003

Tesco tests spy chip technology
The Guardian UK, July 19, 2003

The card up their sleeve
Guardian UK Weekend Magazine, July 19, 2003

RFID tags on Mach 3 razors snap your photo
Slashdot "Think RFID tags are harmless? Look at how they are being used in the UK"

Shaving shoppers to be saved from surveillance?
Silicon.com, 7/21/03
"Big Brother technology now trained on razor buyers..."

Close shaves in the security sector
Silicon.com, 7/21/03
"If retailers think consumers will put up with this...they are mistaken"

Technology automatically IDs consumers
WorldNet Daily, July 19, 2003

Shopping to go high-tech?
WorldNet Daily, July 19, 2003

7/7/03
RFID Site Security Gaffe Uncovered by Consumer Group

CASPIAN asks "How can we trust these people with our personal data?"

Media coverage (there were scores of articles on this one!):

Tracking tag firm exposes confidential data online
Silicon.com, July 8, 2003

RFID spy-chippers leak confidential data on the Web | The Register
The Register, July 10, 2003

Slashdot | RFID Industry Confidential Memos
Slashdot, March 8, 2004

Do the Right Thing
RFID Journal, July 7, 2003

RFID Privacy Dustup
Line 56, July 7, 2003

Posted PR documents prompt complaints on smart tags
Associated Press (vid Detroit News), July 10, 2003

RFID: la diffusion accidentelle de documents confidentiels relance la polémique
Journal du Net, July 11, 2003

Strategy to 'neutralize opposition' to smart tags leaked
Softpedia, July, 2003

L’étiquette qui colle à la peau
Terra Economica, July 18, 2003

6/11/03
Consumer Group Unveils RFID Labeling Legislation
Proposed "RFID Right to Know Act of 2003" mandates disclosures on products with RFID chips

Media coverage/response:

Group proposes RFID privacy law
RFID Journal, June 18, 2003

Utah passes pioneering RFID privacy bill
Infomatics, March 3, 2004

Privacy fears may slow RFID progress
Information Week, March 8, 2004

Lawmakers Begin to Address Need for RFID Labeling
Wired, February 26, 2004

3/12/03
Consumer Group Calls for Immediate Worldwide Boycott of Benetton

...following disclosures that the company plans to use RFID in its clothing products

Media coverage: Hundreds of articles have been written on the Boycott Benetton campaign since this press release launched the RFID privacy debate.

 

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