New Yorks Smart IDs Are the Latest Mass Surveillance Nightmare

More than a million New Yorkers could soon willingly agree to carry a government-issued tracking device, whether they realize it or not. Thats the urging caution about the move. The fuss is about a tiny RFID chip that the mayor wants to embed into each and every municipal ID card for New York residents as part of the IDNYC program. The latest proposal might seem modest, but the reality is that it potentially puts hundreds of thousands of us at greater risk of identity theft, stalking, and (for undocumented New Yorkers) deportation. And sadly its part of the global trend towards so-called smart citiesa series of high-tech undertakings that claim to improve municipal efficiency at the modest price of stripping …