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This section includes articles about RFID's potential impact on privacy and efforts to protect consumers from abuses.

RFID News Roundup

HID Global intros Seal Tag with integrated cable tie, settles patent lawsuits; InSync releases iApp Cobalt Platform for Internet of Things and RFID applications; Farsens unveils the Pyros, a battery-free RFID thermistor-based temperature sensor tag; Nomi puts its beacons in Easter eggs for high-tech hunt to raise money for charity; CNRFID, Convergent Software team up to develop RFID privacy impact assessment software; Agilent Technologies announces NFC Forum approval for analog test system; Beaconic's beacon technology gets Apple's iBeacon Mark.

Privacy Features

RFID Journal LIVE! Europe—UK Report

At RFID Journal's first event in London, presenters explained how businesses can employ radio frequency identification technologies for a variety of applications in retail, manufacturing, supply chain and marketing. View the presentations from the event.

Privacy Editor's Notes

Consumers Want RFID

As privacy concerns are addressed, consumers are beginning to seek radio frequency identification solutions to track their belongings, connect with friends and improve city services.

Privacy Expert Views

Add a User Interface to UHF RFID Tags

Making a simple amendment to the EPC Gen 2 standard will allay privacy concerns, give consumers the ability to control tag behavior and enable new applications.

Privacy Videos

Privacy White Papers

  • Mobile Near Field Communication (NFC) Tap 'n Go: Keep it Secure and Private
    Published December 2011
    Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., the information and privacy commissioner of Ontario, Canada, explores Near Field Communication (NFC), a short-range wireless technology that allows mobile devices to actively interact with passive physical objects and other active mobile devices, thereby connecting the physical world to mobile services. This paper discusses NFC and its capabilities to potential users and the public, the potential privacy and security risks, how some risks are presently being met, and considerations for engineers and developers of NFC applications to embed additional security and privacy measures into the design of applications that utilize NFC capabilities. (22 pages)
    Tags: Privacy
  • License to Kill: RFID and Privacy
    Published October 2011
    Researchers have found that Apple's smartphones and tablets record and store customers' movements for up to a year. With that in mind, Nordic ID discusses RFID's implications for privacy, in terms of "sniffing," eavesdropping and security. (3 pages)
    Tags: Privacy
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