Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Tom Ridge loves RFID

Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, loves RFID (Radio Frequency Identification tags).
"That's one of the beautiful things about RFID," said Ridge. "It's another security measure embedded in the U.S. economy."
Yes, the economy. About seven years ago there was a movie called Enemy of the State starring Wil Smith as a hapless citizen hounded by rogue US federal officers and tracked using little radio chips much like RFID tags. Gene Hackman played a very paranoid ex federal officer who reluctantly helps Smith's character.

It used to be OK to distrust the tendancy of government to track our every move. Now it's ok, especially if it's good for the economy and framed as being aimed at fighting terrorism.

Oops, forgot to add this bit of info:
Ridge recently joined the board of Savi Technology, an RFID contractor for the DHS [Department of Homeland Security].