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ObamaCare Kiosk at Wal-Mart?

Posted in Alex Jones, ObamaCare, RFID with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by saynsumthn

According to Kiosk Marketplace, SoloHealth announced a partnership with the Department of Health & Human Services to help promote awareness and information around the new insurance exchanges and

“Champion organizations like SoloHealth are already serving people and are a trusted source of information in communities across the county,” said Julie Bataille, director of communications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, in last month’s announcement of the partnership. “These organizations are natural places for people to learn about the marketplace, and we want to make sure that [organizations] have access to the tools and information to respond to people who want to sign up and enroll for coverage on Oct. 1.”

In an announcement yesterday during Health 2.0, SoloHealth revealed yet another strategic partner with a foothold in the private sector. EHealth Inc., the parent company of eHealthInsurance, will make its plan selection and comparison tools available on SoloHealth kiosks in selected geographies.

“The idea behind these partnerships is to link potential buyers with plans to help consumers make the appropriate decision for their insurance needs,” said Bart Foster, CEO of SoloHealth.

Foster said that the kiosks have garnered strong engagement and interaction rates since launching the ACA education module.

“That quickly became our highest-used non-biometric assessment,” he said. “We project that over 25,000 of our daily users will view the ACA educational content.”

Bill Shaughnessy, president and COO of eHealth, said the kiosks show promise in their ability to engage with consumers in a contextually relevant manner, when health care is top of mind.

“The Affordable Care Act is expected to expand health insurance access to more Americans, and consumers need to have simple and effective tools to better understand their options and enroll in the individual, family and Medicare plans that best meet their needs,” Shaughnessy said.

Judge: School cannot force student to wear RFID which she said conditions students to accept the “mark of the beast”

Posted in Mark of the Beast, RFID with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2012 by saynsumthn

The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, has launched a program, the “Student Locator Project,” aimed ostensibly at increasing public funding for the district by increasing student attendance rates. As part of the pilot program, roughly 4,200 students at Jay High School and Jones Middle School are being required to wear “SmartID” card badges embedded with an RFID tracking chip which will actively broadcast a signal at all times.

Although the schools already boast 290 surveillance cameras, the cards will make it possible for school officials to track students’ whereabouts on campus at all times. School officials hope to expand the program to the district’s 112 schools, with a student population of 100,000. Although implementation of the system will cost $500,000, school administrators are hoping that if the school district is able to increase attendance by tracking the students’ whereabouts, they will be rewarded with up to $1.7 million from the state government.

High school sophomore Andrea Hernandez, a Christian, expressed her sincere religious objections to being forced to participate in the RFID program. Reportedly, Hernandez was informed by school officials that “there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card.” For example, students who refuse to take part in the ID program won’t be able to access essential services like the cafeteria and library, nor will they be able to purchase tickets to extracurricular activities.

Hernandez was prevented from voting for Homecoming King and Queen after school officials refused to verify her identity using her old, conventional student ID card. According to Hernandez, teachers are even requiring students to wear the IDs when they want to use the bathroom. School officials offered to quietly remove the tracking chip from Andrea’s card if the sophomore would agree to wear the new ID without the imbedded RFID chip so as to give the appearance of participation in the Student Locator Project. Andrea refused this offer.

CBN Reports: A judge has told the Texas high school it cannot remove a student because she refused to wear a “Smart ID” tracking badge.

John Jay High School‘s Science and Engineering Academy requires students to wear badges with tracking chips in them.

Student Andrea Hernandez said she believes it conditions students to one day accept what the Bible’s book of Revelation calls the “mark of the beast.”

“There is something fundamentally disturbing about this school district’s insistence on steamrolling students into complying with programs that have nothing whatsoever to do with academic priorities and everything to do with fattening school coffers,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “What is more disturbing is the big picture, that this is a test project which may well spread through the country. We may soon see other students being punished in the same way as Andrea Hernandez.”

The Parents were defended by the Rutherford Institute

“This is not ‘the great economy’ like the U.S. economy or the economy of Texas, it’s the economy of John Jay High School,” Hernandez told CBN News in October. “But you’re still not allowed to participate in it unless you have this thing.”

The judge ruled in Hernandez’s favor. ( Original Petition here)

Meanwhile: The ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for taking down the website of a San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District in retaliation for requiring students to wear badges with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips.

The website for San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District was unavailable at times throughout the weekend and into Monday, reports

It appears that such RFID student tracking systems are becoming an actual market. The systems are popularly known as “Tag and Track,” are being sold to schools system across the country by a variety of vendors, including AIM Truancy Solutions, ID Card Group and DataCard.

Houston, it turns out, has had such a RFID system deployed since all the way back in 2004. Austin also has a program, but it is not mandatory. Baltimore’s school system has also deployed a system, and the Anaheim district is testing the system. The Palos Heights School District in Illinois has implemented the program with RFID tags attached to a student’s back pack. How widespread these student tracking systems beyond these and a few others is not clear.

It does not appear that these other programs have generated much public protest, with the exception of Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, CA, where a system implemented in the mid-2000s was uninstalled over some protests and legal action by the ACLU.

Beyond tracking in the schools, the technology allows a school district, for example, to send automatic “wake-up calls” to students not found to have made the opening bell – but some are taking the systems even further, generating fears from some about the reach of these systems.

For example, on Long Island, NY, Bay Shore students designated overweight or obese are being equipped with a wristwatch-like devices that count heartbeats, detect motion and even track students’ sleeping habits. Wow.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has issued a statement warning about such a possible slippery slope.

“An RFID chip allows for far more than that minimal record-keeping,” the organization says. “Instead, it provides the potential for nearly constant monitoring of a child’s physical location.” It asks: “If RFID records show a child moving around a lot, could she be tagged as hyperactive? If he doesn’t move around a lot, could he get a reputation for laziness?”

Microchip tracking devices for US Military- whose next?

Posted in Big Brother, RFID, Tracking Device with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2011 by saynsumthn

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The Movement To Put An RFID Chip Into Every Living Person

Posted in Big Brother, Health Care, RFID, Veri-Chip with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Is Big Brother watching You?

Posted in Big Brother, GPS, InfraGard, Microchip, RFID, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by saynsumthn

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RFID Skimming, the new rip off-Protect Yourself

Posted in RFID with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by saynsumthn

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RFID Chip planned for infants scrubbed- so far !

Posted in Big Brother, RFID with tags , , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by saynsumthn

Plan to tag new babies causes outcry
French company’s scheme to identify all young children electronically is opposed as an invasion of privacy

Laure Belot Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 9 November 2010 13.59 GMT

A French company, Lyberta, has just dropped plans to fit children in several nurseries in Paris with electronic tags, after a newspaper revealed the scheme. Trade unions, councils and civil liberties groups were indignant at the invasion of privacy. But the response to the idea in online forums was much more divided: “I have been longing for this ever since my first child was born,” a woman wrote. “My three-year-old daughter walked out of her infant school and the teachers found her in the next street … I would rather put a tag on my child than sign up for a kidnap warning scheme.”

In a world that seeks to eliminate risk altogether, are parents prepared to tag their children? “The basic problem is that we are being swamped by technology, but society has largely failed to address the topic,” says Alex Türk, the head of France’s Commission for Information Technology and Freedom (CNIL). Discussion on the subject has barely started, whereas the technology is there, and working. What might have seemed science fiction a decade ago is now possible, thanks to radio-frequency identification. RFID tags, with a chip and an antenna, are used to store data for remote access. Once fitted with such a device, a wristband or garment becomes smart, unique and locatable.

Some RFID chips are passive, like the swipe cards for transport systems that use transmitter-readers. Others are active, where the chip has its own power supply and transmits a signal at regular intervals. A web of receivers monitors the area under surveillance, locating chips and their bearers. Nearly 150 maternity units worldwide already use this system. Wherever they are taken in the hospital, a track can be kept on babies wearing wristbands with active chips. An alarm is tripped if the band is cut, covered or removed from the unit. “We won our first contract with the maternity hospital in Birmingham, in the UK,” says the CEO of France’s Bluelinea, Laurent Levasseur. “A newborn baby had been kidnapped shortly before.” The company now supplies customers in 17 countries, including the US, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Spain.

“Portugal and Brazil have even passed laws to make individual security devices compulsory in maternity hospitals, to combat kidnapping and swaps,” Levasseur says. In 2009, some 300,000 infants were tagged around the world.

In France, 50,000 babies were tagged in 2009. “About 30 hospitals use our wristbands, but the subject is still something of a taboo,” Levasseur says. “Last year there were two attempted kidnappings in French maternity units, with one in our area,” says Philippe Cruette, deputy head of the Bordeaux-Nord clinic. “We were keen to respond to the concerns of mothers who had heard about these in the media.” RFID wristbands have been available since January. Cruette adds: “Roughly half the mothers ask for a tag, mainly young women having their first baby.”

Bluelinea, however, has decided not to equip nurseries or schools. “The first inquiries we received were from Belgium … I turned them down,” says Levasseur. “There is an unfortunate side effect with fitting tags to minors: they lose all sense of responsibility. We can’t just do anything simply because it’s technically possible.”
Such considerations have not registered in the US. This September, an infant school in Richmond, California, kitted out its three- to six-year-olds with basketball jerseys with active RFID tags, to save 3,000 supervisory hours.

It is a federally funded school and pupils come from very underprivileged backgrounds. The parents do not really understand what is at stake,” says Nicole Ozer, the policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. “The system cost $160,000, money that could have been spent hiring more teachers. What’s more, it has been proven that these systems can be hacked, exposing the kids to even greater risks.”

This is not the first experiment in California. In January 2005 a primary school near Sacramento invested in tags for its pupils, but had to shelve the scheme after six weeks in response to parents’ concern about a form of surveillance that was not justified by any real threat. But the initiative did last long enough for civil liberties groups to draft a bill that would impose stricter controls on the use of ID tags in schools.

“The bill gained massive support and was passed in 2007,” Ozer explains. “It required parents to be informed about the technology and to give their assent. But the governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, never signed the legislation into law, claiming at the time that it was pointless, as no further cases had been reported in California.” Recent developments have proved him wrong.

“I’m not very hopeful. Society is going to be shaken up over the next 15 years because private life as we know it will cease to exist,” says Türk. “We sometimes need to say ‘no’ to the temptations of technology. We are going to see even smaller devices, and the tinier they become the more difficult it will be to legislate. The French parliament should address RFID tags and promote genuine debate at home and abroad.”

He is convinced the tags and their positioning systems should require authorisation by the CNIL before they can be used, as has been the case with biometric systems in France since 2004. That way the watchdog would have been alerted before plans to equip Paris nurseries were approved.