Listen up, Wal-Mart: "No spychips!"
Protest with us in Dallas October 15.
Let's send a clear
message to Wal-Mart: Don't mess with Texas. We will not tolerate
CASPIAN members in Dallas/Ft. Worth will be holding an "awareness raising" event to protest Wal-Mart's use of RFID and to tell the company to stop selling spychipped products.
Who should come:
Everyone is welcome to attend this event. We encourage you to bring a friend, or a whole group of friends. This is a family event so small children and teenagers are welcome. The more the merrier (or mightier)!
If you can't attend the protest but want to offer moral support, please use our feedback page.
What to bring:
While it is not essential, you should try to bring a protest sign. Be sure your sign is legible from a distance. Use bold, black letters that contrast with the background. Your message should be clear, concise, and easily understood at a glance. No profanity, please.
If you're artistic, consider these ideas: "Stop RFID" stop signs, RFID tags with a circle and a line through them, lipsticks (Wal-Mart sold spychipped lipstick), RFID=1984, etc. Signs reading "No Spychips!" and "www.spychips.com" are also welcome.
Check out photos from our other protests for ideas.
German anti-RFID protest by our colleagues from FoeBuD
Other CASPIAN protests archived here
Our press release:
For immediate release
October 8, 2005
EXPOSÉ OF CORPORATE RFID PLANS PROMPTS WAL-MART PROTEST
CASPIAN to "Raise Awareness" at Dallas-area Store October 15
Dallas/Ft. Worth members of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) will converge on a local Wal-Mart next Saturday to raise awareness about corporate plans to track consumers with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). RFID is a technology that uses tiny computer chips -- some smaller than a grain of sand -- to wirelessly track items from a distance.
While manufacturers and retailers like Wal-Mart claim they only want the technology to streamline warehouse operations, a new exposé, Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID, reveals other motives that have consumers steaming mad. In the book, authors Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre document how companies like Procter & Gamble, BellSouth, NCR, Phillips, Intel, Accenture, Texas Instruments, and IBM have blueprinted ways to track consumers and their purchases through "spychips" in everyday objects slated for the shelves of retailers like Wal-Mart.
"This technology poses serious risks to privacy and civil liberties. We have evidence that major corporations have developed ways to register products to individuals and secretly track them after purchase," says Albrecht, who is also the founder and director of CASPIAN.
"Businesses have dismissed consumer concerns by characterizing RFID as an 'improved bar code,' but RFID is far more dangerous," Albrecht warns. "These RFID spychips can be read silently from a distance, right through your clothes, wallet, backpack or purse by anyone with the right reader device. Already these companies have developed ways to use RFID tags embedded in credit cards and sewn into clothing to identify and track people."
The "awareness raising" event will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2005, from 10 AM to noon in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 3155 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas, Texas. Authors Albrecht and McIntyre plan to fly in for the event and will be available to speak with the media.
The organization has selected this Wal-Mart location because it is selling RFID-tagged items in violation of a call for a moratorium by CASPIAN and over 40 other leading privacy and civil liberties organizations. Wal-Mart's aggressive promotion of RFID has driven tens of millions of dollars of investment in the technology.
###The Spychips website is a project of CASPIAN, Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering. ©Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre 2003-2005.