The biggest threat to personal privacy in the near future might not come from massive government surveillance projects; instead, tiny technology will be implemented by diverse commercial, private, and public interests and will flood our environment with constant monitoring and omnipresent sensors. The promise of nanotechnology to achieve fantastic scientific goals is no longer limited to works of science fiction. ZDNet News, an Internet technology website and watchdog, lists Radio Frequency Identification chips (RFID) as one of the top new technologies to watch in 2003. This paper will detail the history and current context of electronic surveillance and will examine the role RFID systems may play in eroding personal privacy as they and other even more intelligent nanotechnologies become increasingly widespread.
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