StopSmartLink.com website launch
NEW YORK, NY, USA, MARCH 14, 2006 - In response to recent media reports
touting the supposed benefits of the PATH train system’s "SmartLink" smart
cards, we announce the launch of StopSmartLink.com. We are a local, very
small grassroots organization seeking the assistance of those likeminded to
join us in educating the public of the dangers of the RFID technology
utilized in this system.
These dangers include threats to the privacy of individual commuters, and
the security of linked bank accounts and deposited funds.
In a published Request For Information document, the Department of Homeland
Security is seeking RFID devices that "can be sensed remotely, passively,
and automatically … The device must be readable … while carried by
pedestrians …". This new system can help to fill this request. With
unobtrusive readers placed throughout the system, commuters could be tracked
individually and their locations pinpointed, recorded and archived. This
should be of great concern to anyone who values personal freedoms and
recognizes governmental abuses of power.
Additionally RFID is easily scanned and duplicated by those with malicious
intent. Accounts can be depleted of funds easily and without detection.
While potential health risks of multiple high powered RFID readers are yet
unknown, it is common concern.
A similar system will be in trial runs in New York City’s subways this year.
StopSmartLink.com calls for the boycott of the train system’s RFID cards
when they become available. If we, as consumers, refuse this technology
while still given a choice, and voice our opposition publicly, we can do
away with this threat to our security and privacy.
More information is available on the web at www.StopSmartLink.com