1.5 Million Fans Willingly RFID-Chipped at Lollapalooza Raises Debate
Hundreds of thousands of young and old alternative music fans lined up to willingly be tracked with RFID micro-chips at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Chi-town on Friday.
The chipped “non-removable wristbands” were provided by organizers so that attendees could gain entrance to Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park, that began Friday August 2nd, according to LibertyFight.com’s Martin Hill, whose article appeared on the Daily Paul website.
[Watch the YouTube video below, courtesy of We The People Will Not Be Chipped.]
The chipping of people’s wearables is old hat, but the fact that many Americans voluntarily do so raises debate about being tracked and newer tactics used to chip people.
For years, innocent targeted individuals (TIs) have seemingly outlandishly complained of being involuntarily covertly micro-chipped, not just by small chips left in personal belongings, but also via “non-removable” injection.
“Hitachi holds the record for the smallest RFID chip, at 0.05mm × 0.05mm,” according to Wkipedia.
Some of those TIs have provided medical evidence of injected RFID chips to courts, such as James Walbert in Kansas.
Some were selected to appear before Obama’s Bioethics Commission where they recounted their miseries.
“In what has become a controversial story as time goes on, due to the increasing research into RFID technology, it still remains a little unclear as to exactly why Mythbusters was not able to do a show discussing RFID technology,” says Joe Martino for IntelHub.
At North Dakota State University, “researchers developed a new way of embedding traceable chips within ‘smart’ paper — raising the possibility of banks and governments guarding against counterfeiting and even tracking the usage of paper money,” IEEE Spectrum reporeted in May.
On the Lollopalooza festival website, organizers “put a positive spin on the RFID tags, explaining, ‘We’re saving paper and saving you the hassle of redeeming a paper ticket for your wristband!’
A warning to fans was issued: If you remove the wristbands for any portion of the three day event, it is automatically invalidated and can not be re-used. No refunds or replacements are given.
The event warns of their “crack security” team and an infamous “trouble” table if any anomalies are noticed in a wristband, which “will be confiscated” if they appear “messed with.”
Could such control and violation of privacy happen outside the arena of a music festival, without knowledge or consent, or is this fear overblown?
Due to overwhelming complaints in Missouri about the capacity to implant RFID without knowledge or consent, the state became the fourth to ban their use on employees.
The Associated Press reported that ”Missouri has passed HB 2041, which makes it a misdemeanor for any employer to ‘require an employee to have personal identification microchip technology implanted into the employee for any reason.’ Radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology transmits data wirelessly and is usually used to track packages in warehouses or pets.”
A number of other states are reviewing RFID privacy issues.
Alaska and New Hampshire have also considered legislation and a bill that would create penalties for illegal use of RFID technology, prohibit electronic tracking of individuals without valid court order or consent, and prohibit forced implantation of RFID devices in humans, according to the AP.
Some conceptualize a future where every movement is tracked by the government, says Wikipedia:
“In the book SpyChips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre, one is encouraged to “imagine a world of no privacy. Where your every purchase is monitored and recorded in a database and your every belonging is numbered. Where someone many states away or perhaps in another country has a record of everything you have ever bought. What’s more, they can be tracked and monitored remotely”.
Others worry that the chip can be used not only for passive information gathering, but is also reversable: Used to send signals to the chipped human.