Tuesday, February 26, 2008

EU scrutinizes RFID's threat to privacy

The European Commission has published a preliminary draft with recommended guidelines for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging. The draft addresses privacy and security issues that arise from RFID adoption...

The draft suggests that usage of tags which store personal information should be voluntary and applied on an opt-in basis at the point of sale. It also says that consumers should be able to request deactivation or removal of RFID tags at no cost.

The European Commission's interest in commercial RFID reflects a certain degree of prescience. Emerging RFID technologies offer a tremendous amount of value but pose some unique and unprecedented privacy risks. We have seen evidence that RFID chips are vulnerable to viruses and are also potentially a nasty vector for identity theft. |EU seeks privacy safeguards with RFID tags - Ars Technica|

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