Is it Big Brother on the slopes, or a fun Facebook app? |

Is it Big Brother on the slopes, or a fun Facebook app?

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Going skiing? You may be tracked.

Resort operators have implanted tiny radio-frequency computer chips with antennas in lift tickets and season passes. They’re installing more scanners on mountain slopes.

The scanners automatically track skiers and snowboarders, recording their whereabouts in company databases.

Some skiers and privacy advocates object.

“Any kind of technology that creates an automatic tracking system by default violates people’s general expectation – not just of privacy but of the world,” said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney for the pro-privacy Electronic Frontier Foundation. “You are not expecting to be tracked.”

A Colorado ski instructor started producing aluminum “ski-pass defender” sheaths that block radio signals and is selling them at the rate of eight sheaths a day.

Read more: Ski-pass tracking: Is it Big Brother on the slopes, or a fun Facebook app? – The Denver Post

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