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A U.S. View of RFID

Daniel W. Caprio, president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, explained how the United States views RFID and privacy at the EU RFID Conference "Heading for the Future."
Posted By Privacy Administrator, 01.16.2007
Tags: Privacy
Last October, the DG Information Society and Media in Brussels sponsored a one-day RFID event called "Heading for the Future." The aim was to examine issues related to radio frequency identification and privacy. Among those invited to speak was Daniel W. Caprio, president of The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF), a think tank devoted to the study of the digital revolution. Caprio was formerly the chief privacy officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce and deputy assistant secretary for technology policy.

Caprio was asked to explain current views in the United States. "The most frequently cited concerns [about radio frequency identification] relate to what information is collected about consumers and how that information is protected," he told the audience. "These concerns are not unique to RFID technology. The U.S. view is these concerns can be addressed under the framework of existing U.S. laws. To develop a thriving competitive marketplace, consumers must receive accurate information about products and services, and they must also be able to trust that their personal information will be protected. Concerns regarding what information is collected from consumers and how that information is protected are the most common concerns voiced about RFID as it is used in the consumer context."

Read Caprio's full presentation here: A U.S. View of RFID.

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