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Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN) is a USA grass-roots consumer group dedicated to fighting supermarket "loyalty" or frequent shopper cards. CASPIAN's efforts are directed at educating consumers, condemning marketing strategies that invade shoppers' privacy, and encouraging privacy-conscious shopping habits. CASPIAN also spreads information and opinions that purport to warn the public about the privacy risks associated with universal adoption of RFID technology, including microchip implants. CASPIAN refers to RFID tags as "spychips."
CASPIAN was founded in October 1999 by Katherine Albrecht.
Microchips and Cancer Report
In November 2007, CASPIAN released a research report Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990–2006 by Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D. which is a meta-study of previous research. The report cites medical journals where between 0.8% and 10.2% of inbred laboratory mice and rats developed foreign-body tumorigenesis at the site of a microchip implant.
"In 5-10 years, whole new ways of doing things will emerge and gradually become commonplace. Expect big changes." - MIT's Auto-ID Center, 2002
The shift from barcodes to the Internet of objects and EPC makes the economic and technological domain focus on radio identification. Mass media alerted the population, who now regard new applications with increasing concern rather than being impressed by its performance. These press releases from the Auto-ID and MIT in 2002 added fuel to the fire. RFID is clearly perceived as a risk and a major invasion of people’s privacy. The American tendency to strongly oppose any new risk that might invade their privacy is even expressed in their legislation. After the first application and pilot projects that involved consumers and statements which were too impassioned for technology and maybe even clumsy on a political level, a small group of consumers created the association called CASPIAN. The pressure of this lobby has led to several bills in this domain that mainly concern the deactivation of radio tags once the consumer has left the supermarket.
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