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AC privacy RFRID the future of shopping

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The Future of Shopping  Tiny silicon identity chips being put in everyday objects and even implanted under the skin  are changing the way we consume. Will they also invade our privacy? By Rana Foroohar Newsweek June 7-14 issue - Antoine Hazelaar has a chip on his shoulder—or rather just beneath the skin of his left  arm. It's a piece of silicon the size of a grain of rice, and it emits wireless signals that are picked up by  scanners nearby. Ever since the 34-year-old Web-site producer had the chip implanted in his arm, he's  enjoyed VIP status at Barcelona's Baja Beach Club. Instead of queuing up behind velvet ropes, Hazelaar  allows the bouncer to scan his arm, and strolls right in. If he wants a drink, the bartender waves an  electronic wand that deducts from the 100 Euro tab on Hazelaar's chip. Such sci-fi clubbing is made possible by Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, technology—tiny digital  chips that broadcast wireless signals. RFID tags are cheap and small enough to be disposable, and they're  getting cheaper and smaller by the day. Retail stores are beginning to use them as glorified bar codes,  putting them on cases of bananas or crates of Coke so they can keep track of their inventory. The  technology has the potential to transform our relationship to the objects around us. In theory, stores could 
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