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Copyright (c) 2007 Yale Journal of Law & Technology 
Yale Journal of Law & Technology

ARTICLE: INVOLUNTARY ENDOGENOUS RFID COMPLIANCE MONITORING AS A CONDITION OF FEDERAL SUPERVISED RELEASE--CHIPS AHOY?

2007 / 2008

Yale Journal of Law & Technology

10 Yale J. L. & Tech. 331

Author

ISAAC B. ROSENBERG *

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

The relentless march of technology promises to increase the efficiency and decrease the costs of law enforcement, while simultaneously threatening to endanger individual privacy rights. 1 Among the many cutting edge technologies law enforcement agencies increasingly covet is radio frequency identification ("RFID"). Researchers predict RFID will become the most pervasive computer technology in history. 2 Contemporary but mundane government uses of RFID include monitoring inventories and tracking medical records. 3 Among the more extraordinary and controversial government uses of RFID--and the focus of this Paper--include implantation of subdermal RFID transmitters. Privacy concerns abound.

Not surprisingly, critics and privacy advocates are wary of subdermal RFID implants, fearful that only a fine line separates relatively innocuous, voluntary implantation from an all-out Orwellian nightmare, i.e., arbitrary government-mandated implantation. 4 For involuntary implantation of RFID chips to take root, however, government implantation programs would have to start on the small scale, targeting the most unsavory and repugnant members of society: convicted sex offenders. 5

Sex offenders are the foremost targets of our nation's "punitive zeal." 6 They receive some of the harshest post-incarceration treatment of all felons on federal supervised release, 7 and every state in the nation requires sex offenders to maintain registration with state and local authorities. 8 In addition to those sex offenses criminalized by the states, there are dozens of federal sex crimes, 9 and federal law enforcement is becoming ever more vigilant in its hunt for predators. 10 Understandably, communities across the country want sex ...
 
 
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