Texas to put RFID tags in cars?

The Daily Texan today is running an article about a propsal that would place tracking systems in cars, coming from the Texas House of Representatives. The bill, proposed by State Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), apparently aims to stop people from driving without insurance.

Privacy advocates are wary. The Texan reports that Scott Henson from the Texas ACLU believes the the language is broad enough for tracking use by any law enforcement agency.The iSchool’s own Professor Doty is also quoted: “One of the essential elements of privacy is that citizens are presumed innocent until they are proven guilty. This law presumes everyone should be tracked and monitored simply because they exist… In post-Patriot Act America, people have lost awareness of the little changes that lead to a chain of effects that restrict us politically and individually. There is no reason to believe that this insurance database won’t be combined with other databases, such as those of the attorney general or the FBI.”

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  1. JO said,

    April 12, 2005 @ 2:54 pm

    That’s a little scary. Add that to the proliferation of cameras/web cameras everywhere and behold, big brother has one more tool in its arsenal to use against the public.

  2. Don Fitchett said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 5:51 am

    These 25 case studies on RFID may offer additional insight.


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