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Submission + - American Express attempts to track people w/ RFID

JeremyDuffy writes: "(originally posted here) Thanks to the good work of the people over at Spychips.com, a plot by American Express to patent technology that would "identify people, track their movements, and observe their behavior" has been exposed. According to their article:

That patent application, titled "Method and System for Facilitating a Shopping Experience," describes a Minority Report style blueprint for monitoring consumers through RFID-enabled objects, like the American Express Blue Card
The funny part is that when American Express top brass learned that they'd been discovered, they scrambled into damage control mode and met with the leaders of Caspian promising to "ensure that any people-tracking plans be accompanied by language requiring consumer notice and consent". They also promised to make a spychip-free version of the card if a customer, but only if the customer asks for it. Sounds to me like they're making token gestures to appease the privacy experts while merrily continue to do everything they planned to in the first place."

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