I talk alot about future trends and technologies, RFID chips, nanotechnology, and well, even computers as we know them. With all these advances, there is a growing challenge, how to keep your privacy private. The new chip technology is everywhere, we are forced into it, all financial institutions in Canada must have this chip technology embedded into each card by 2011, credit cards and yes even debit cards. The government and corporations are mandating this technology without your knowledge, it’s happening and you have no choice. Oh, and by the way, as of October 2010, if you don’t have this chip on your Visa, you will no longer be covered by the Visa Zero Liability Policy. I’ll be you didn’t know that.

These cards with chips embedded are called “Smart Cards”, in time will permanently have replaced the current magnetic-strip cards we carry around today. These new chip cards mean you can, you will not be able to hide, you will be tracked at all times, if you are a criminal or have bad credit, they turn the card off and you are unable to buy anything. Let alone not be found, hiding is something we did when we were little, covered ours eyes and no one could see us, remember?

This past week, the Google & US Government collaboration was announced, the Internet will be monitored, every Tweet, every FaceBook Update, every Blog Post will be scrutinized. So be careful what you put on the NET, it might get you in serious trouble. Here is an example of how a simple purchase of a Pizza might go for you in the near future.

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  2. Rob Cairns on August 2, 2010 at 10:19 PM


    I love the article. Smart Cards are even making their way into Public Transit in the GTA. All you do is tap your card when you get on and when you get off and your fair is ducted. The card will be set up with your primary trip so you do not have to tap when you get off.

    The Presto system will replace the old punched ticket system and is currently being phased in.

    In terms of your comment on being careful what you put on the Internet, if you treat the Internet as public you will never have an issue.

    • Owen Greaves on August 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

      Hey Rob,

      Yep, much change is around us and security is something we must each do ourselves, it’s not going to be done by anyone else on your behalf.

      Many Blessings Bro,