Further to my column about RFID, and the privacy issues of having tags attached to products that may contain more info about you than you’d like to know
, a group called CASPIAN
(Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is calling for a worldwide boycott
of Gillette products since the company failed to renounce what they call “a Gillette Mach3 “smart shelf” spy system”.
My two cents? I’m not sure a boycott is a good way to explore this issue, but if it helps get people talking, then so be it.
Yes, it’s true! All you need to do is pick up a packet of Gillette Mach3 razor blades
at Tesco’s in Cambridge, England, and you’ll trigger a CCTV camera. A second camera takes a picture at the checkout and security staff then compare the two images. Apparently the aim of the trial, The Guardian reports
, is to provide stock information, but the manager of the store has already described how he presented photos of a thief to police.
Retailers have hailed the technology as the “holy grail” of supply chain management but civil liberties groups argue that the so-called “spy chips” are an invasion of consumers’ privacy and could be used as a covert surveillance device.