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Pill (pellet) tracking could be a part of a dystopian future for identity

BTC –   It might be time to upgrade our approach.  It looks as if the database state is evolving and beating the RFID chip on its own.  The “chip” as we have known it will reach obsolesence soon as it moves to tags without microchips.   However, that has not ended the quest for tracking information from inside of your body.

Yes.  We have the technology to track what you eat.  However, according to Endgadget, there are currently no reports on how the tags’ surveillance will survive hydrochloric acids and the post-digestive process. See below…

WHY EAT AN RFID?

If there was a technology that could survive digestion, would you dare eat it in the first place?  Some of the first lessons we learn in life on planet earth is that we don’t eat products like pennies and plastic junk.  From a practical standpoint, RFIDs are not food.  The jury may still be out on whether or not RFID technology is safe to ingest in pellet forms.   Just because they created a neat invention doesn’t mean it’s safe to use; look at cellphones.

The upside is, if this RFID works well, it could really help health diagnostics and scientific research to expand its understanding of our internal workings.  The downside goes towards the dark shadowy corners with questions like, why would anyone want to put a data surveillance tag in my food?  Data surveillance may simply be a flat or 2D view of this side of the biotechnological divide.  For the advanced or imagined role for the vision and societal placement where ingestible RFIDs fit, we go to the world of film.  Here the examples of ingestible tracking devices manifest as medicine, in identity politics and human rights.

Several films explore the pratfalls of biotech surveillance in pill form, but Code 46 fits the longterm scenario best.  In Code 46, behavioral overrides and genetic adjustments are ingested in pill form or are injected. Papelles, or biometric identity and insurance documents, are issued based on genetic predisposition and class distinctions. A black market for papelles evolves.  The plot revolves around attaining passable identity called “covers” to escape the harsh, unprotected life of an ecologically barren wasteland, home to the struggling underclassed, criminals and DNA rejects in exile. Code 46’s dystopian society utilizes human cloning and subsequently surveils the consequences of clandestine romance through an alarming viral technology to prevent unconscious inbreeding.

DNA IN REALTIME

In realtime, or today’s science breakthroughs, scientists can now build complicated silicon DNA molecules to completely replace or augment “faulty” genetic structures.  You may eventually be able to insert a nano-RFID into an RNA strand.  If you are both a scientist and a eugenics scholar you might justify deleting faulty genetic code or human genetic “garbage”.   If this becomes public policy or governance then employees may be altered to fit the companies they work for or governments may ask citizens to make a few mandatory adjustments so the desirables have and the undesirables don’t.

The complicated legal fight over DNA identity has more to do with empowering a single true identifier which becomes inescapable if placed in the hands of government.  DNA currently falls into the biometric category of identity.   DNA, as genetic science industry,  falls into on a dangerous range of expertise to improve or adversely affect humanity depending on whether the tinkering gets out of hand. SEE: Isle of Dr. Moreau.
That’s a long drive away from the little RFID tag, but it gives you a window into the kind of future where the strawberry you ate at work today at 11:59 AM will be used in a Human Resources meeting tomorrow.

It is difficult to say for sure whether or not we can trust a future where we examine the food we eat for privacy reasons.

BTC — .  Nothing has been as entertaining today to watch in terms of pure bastard absurdity as charges progressed to arrest of Julian Assange, Wikileak’s founder, for violating Swedish sexlaws when “the condom broke”.    For more commentary,  Mr. Beck.

Wikileaks = PENTAGON PAPERS v. 3.0  Assange’s legal team threatens to “power leak” all over the world wide web if he is harmed or killed. The Mexican Cables: “Why is this stuff secret?”

Here’s second life for news that matters:

Government forced to release thousands of seriously redacted documents about domestic spying

The CIA: A Law Unto Itself

GOP wants photo IDs for N.C. voters

Lawmakers call on TSA to release X-ray inspection records

WAL-MART CLEARANCE: DHS gets to “message” shoppers

UK DNA profiles of innocent citizens on police databases to be destroyed

Web Advertisers fear Do Not Track policies 

DOJ Reverses decision on nature based patents

“We acknowledge that this conclusion is contrary to the longstanding practice of the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the practice of the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies that have in the past sought and obtained patents for isolated genomic DNA,” the brief said.

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“From medical confidentiality and the right to opt out of the Summary Care Record to the unlawful retention of innocent people’s profiles on the DNA database; from snooping on communications data (your phone, e-mail and browsing records) to rampant government sponsored data trafficking, such as was proposed in Clause 152 of the Coroners & Justice Bill; from highlighting the dangers of population registers and systems like Contactpoint to pressing for more meaningful control over our own personal information – NO2ID must go on.”

Related news:

UK child protection database audit scrutinized
ID cards raised £196k in fees income
UK’s first digital rights conference, Open Rights Group 
Nick Clegg’s “laws you want axed” 
  




Keep Newborn DNA Away from the Government c/o Patient Privacy Rights


Please take a moment to say NO to the federal government’s plan to collect, control and own the DNA of every citizen, starting at birth. 

TODAY, June 25th, is the last day to comment on the federal government’s plan to warehouse and use newborn citizen DNA without consent for government research, corporate research and other purposes.

Concerns about the government’s proposal include:

  • Fails to recommend informed written consent requirements for the storage and use of newborn DNA for research and other purposes.
  • Asserts a public claim on the DNA of newborn citizens.
  • Claims that newborn blood is necessary for “population surveillance.”
  • Disregards the 22 state genetic privacy laws and the 5 state genetic ownership laws.
  • Omits compelling statistics from the University of Michigan study that found the public appalled by unconsented government storage and research (p. 12).
  • Recommends parent education instead of informed parent consent requirements that would enforce such education.
  • Claims that state screening programs are charged with “stewardship” of newborn DNA samples-‘ensuring appropriate use’-when they are actually charged with simply testing each newborn.
  • Fails to acknowledge the constitutional Fourth Amendment genetic privacy and property rights of individuals.

Please send a comment now. Share this with your friends, family, coworkers, and all you care about. We need to let these folks know what the American people want.

*UK dances to their success*

Keeping Up The Pressure
c/o  No2ID

With Second Reading of the Identity Documents Bill 2010-11 (i.e. the first debate in the Commons) scheduled for Wednesday 9th June, moves to dismantle the National Identity Scheme are truly under way.

The Bill as drafted is not quite perfect – there remain some technical issues which we shall be briefing Parliamentarians to amend or remove at Committee stage (where changes are actually made) – but it should do the job. And we shall continue to do ours: lobbying, analysis, briefings… the fight against the database state in Westminster and Whitehall, though often less visible than other forms of campaigning, is a vital part of NO2ID’s work.

It is a positive sign that the very first Bill introduced by the coalition government is one to repeal the Identity Cards Act. But the government’s continued failure to act on Summary Care Record uploads, despite promising in the Coalition Agreement to “[put] patients in charge of making decisions about their care, including control of their health records” is far less encouraging.

The new Health ministers may need time to review the entire programme, but there’s no reason to allow even more people’s records to be sucked into the system while they do.

Some GP practices have uploaded patient records since the election, despite the supposed halt announced by the Department of Health earlier this year – and while uploads continue, every week or month that goes by puts more people’s medical confidentiality at risk.

Please, if you haven’t done so already, write to your new MP urging him or her to call for an *immediate* halt to Summary Care Record uploads.

The online letter-writing tool that POWER2010 kindly built for us makes it straightforward and quick to do: http://www.power2010.org.uk/Halt

IN OTHER NEWS:

Government aims to pass Identity Documents Bill by summer holidays


Identity Commissioner and Identity Panels scrapped

ID Documents Bill caution – the Devil is in the detail

“The results of the test will be put in a secure online database where students will be able to retrieve their results by using their bar code.”

c/o KTVU  TO VIEW VIDEO

BERKELEY, Calif. — UC Berkeley is adding something a little different this year in its welcome package — cotton swabs for a DNA sample.

In the past, incoming freshman and transfer students have received a rather typical welcome book from the College of Letters and Science’s “On the Same Page” program, but this year the students will be asked for more.

The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. The cotton swabs will come with two bar code labels. One label will be put on the DNA sample and the other is kept for the students own records.

The confidential process is being overseen by Jasper Rine, a campus professor of Genetics and

Development Biology, who says the test results will help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle.

Once the DNA sample is sent in and tested, it will show the student’s ability to tolerate alcohol, absorb folic acid and metabolize lactose.

The results of the test will be put in a secure online database where students will be able to retrieve their results by using their bar code.

Rine hopes that this will excite students to be more hands-on with their college experience.