Let’s Definitely Let WSIS Run Things [11:37 am]
They’ve already mastered the use of the RFID tag: Bug devices track officials at summit [pdf]
Officials who attended a world Internet and technology summit in Switzerland last week were unknowingly bugged, said researchers who attended the forum.
Badges assigned to attendees of the World Summit on the Information Society were affixed with radio-frequency identification chips (RFIDs), said Alberto Escudero-Pascual, Stephane Koch and George Danezis in a report issued after the conference ended Friday in Geneva. The badges were handed out to more than 50 prime ministers, presidents and other high-level officials from 174 countries, including the United States.
The trio’s report said they were able to obtain the official badges with fraudulent identification only to be stunned when they found RFID chips — a contentious issue among privacy advocates in the United States and Europe — embedded in the tags.
Possibly not that earth-shattering, but an interesting demonstration of just how far this technology has already gone, as well as the implicit privacy questions.