Wal-Mart Will Know Where Your Jeans Are … Even When You’ve Left The Store

If you purchase a piece of clothing from Wal-Mart, beware: the retailer may be spying on you from your closet. The megastore soon plans to put radio frequency “smart tags” on all its jeans and underwear, allowing them to geo track each garment’s whereabouts. While the tags are removable, they don’t ever stop working, so Wal-Mart would at least know where you chucked your tags. Kind of creepy, huh? The measure is supposedly being employed to keep better track of inventory, but privacy critics naturally say it’s far too Big Brother-y of Wal-Mart to do such a thing. (Think about it—they could potentially know whether you’re a slob and have left your pants strewn on the floor as opposed to folding them neatly in a drawer.) Actually, they’re really more concerned that criminals will start looking at your trash to see what types of purchases you make.The Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart will install these radio tags on “jeans and underwear.” Our question is this: Why just jeans and underwear? Why not all clothes? Why not on every single piece of merchandise? Check out this handy infographic from WSJ on how the smart tags work. [Wall Street Journal]

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