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Tesco Abandons Customer Privacy

The BBC reports that Tesco branches in Sandhurst and Leicester are running trials of the controversial Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips.

These chips – each of which contains a unique identification number – will be attached to the packaging of almost every DVD in the stores.

What makes this trial unacceptable is that the chips will not be deactivated when the customer leaves the shop. Instead they will remain functional and will be broadcasting the customers’ purchase details wherever they go until they dispose of the packaging.

A useful reference regarding RFID is notags.co.uk.

Cross-posted from Chestnut Tree Cafe

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