Does this have the potential to significantly impact any case other than Zomba v Does 1-11? I would love to see some precedents set that were based in actual technical fact rather than the typical RIAA pixie dust fantasy world.
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."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
Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.