From the This Sounds Like A Good Thing, Or Are We Being Luddites? Dept
that privacy protests against the trial of RFID tags by Gillette at a Tesco store in Cambridge have prodded Gillette to abandon their trial, according to Indynews. RFID (Radio Frequency ID) tags are small tags containing a microchip which can be ‘read’ by radio sensors over short distances.
Recent trials involving attaching these tags to products have raised concerns about privacy, as information on the tag could be read long after the product was purchased. Tesco is also testing RFID tags in its DVD range at the Extra store in Sandhurst, Berkshire.
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.