The following article raises awareness of the RIFD revolution in Europe and the rest of the world. A technology that allows any item to be tracked down and monitored from around the world, it is highly used, according to the article, in non-European countries. By contrast, Europe is more than reluctant, for fear of privacy breaches. Fears are certainly not underestimated.
Related to crime, the technology works both ways: RFID allows for items to be tracked, so stealing could become more difficult; on the other hand, imagine investigatory forces (official or not) using the device without anybody knowing... that could lead to potential abuses and evidence gathered illegaly without warrant.
(13 March 2008)