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It's Time to Address Privacy
The industry needs to come together to educate consumers, journalists and privacy advocates—and end users—about RFID technologies.
Sep 17, 2006—By Mark Roberti
Katherine Albrecht, founder of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN), was quoted in a recent Globe and Mail article (see Who's Watching the Watchers?) as saying: "Promoters have a lot more funding these days to make their case. Privacy advocates don't get as much press."
In reality, vendors of radio frequency identification technologies have spent little or nothing on educating the public about RFID. And privacy advocates get all the press because stories about Big Brother spying on you sell more newspapers than stories about improved supply-chain efficiency.
I believe it's time to create a nonprofit group that focuses on education. Any organization funded by the RFID industry will, no doubt, be considered a tool for misinforming the public. But I still think it would be worth creating a group to do the following:
What I would like to see is an organization headed by someone who understands RFID systems and can intelligently address questions about read range, the potential for surreptitious reading of tags and so on.
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