It seems like just yesterday when I was questioning the efficacy of RFID-embedded pajamas to prevent what the technology solution providers were calling an "epidemic" of child kidnappings by "convicted sex offenders." Well, color ME embarassed.
Turns out just last week or so, an RFID ankle bracelet system called--creepily--"HUGS" thwarted an attempted babynapping at a Charlotte, NC hospital. The evildoers in this case were...the newborn's parents, who were afraid that their baby would join their other two kids in the protective custody of Social Services. I guess they figured if they did anything stupid--like spiriting the kid away without authorization, maybe--they'd lose the kid, so they decided to spirit the kid away and... huh?
Anyway, the epidemic of babynapping turns out to be very real: VeriChip, the "HUGS" manufacturer, says that 223 babynappings have occurred in just the last 22 years alone. That's almost as many as have drowned in 5-gallon buckets. Hopefully, the RFID industry will turn its marketing attention to that epidemic soon.