Friday, June 02, 2006

Companies endorse RFID privacy guidelines

RFID tagIBM, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Visa and other major companies have endorsed new guidelines on the use of RFID tags that are linked to personal information (thanks, Dave!). They stress consumer notification, choice and data security:

Paula Bruening, staff counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology in the U.S., which led the working group, says, "This document recognizes the core privacy needs of citizens, while acknowledging that early-stage technology needs the flexibility to change as it evolves. RFID is a fast-evolving technology that may soon become ubiquitous in our lives."

I had some involvement in similar work by Enterprise Privacy Group on the use of RFID tags on pharmaceuticals.

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