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  • Privacy Impact Assessment for RFID and Wireless Applications
    Published February 2016
    The French National RFID Center discusses privacy issues regarding radio frequency identification, as well as the PIA that will become mandatory in the European Union with the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation. (19 pages)
    Tags: Privacy
  • 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
  • The Original Spychips Rebuttal
    Published November 2005
    Written by Nicholas Chavez and Jeff Goldstein of RFID Ltd., this white paper serves as a critique of Spychips, a book by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre that attempts to build a case against the use of RFID technology.
    Tags: Privacy
  • Scanning with a Purpose—Supporting the Fair Information Principles in RFID Protocols
    Published November 2004
    This white paper, written by Christian Floerkemeier, Roland Schneider and Marc Langheinrich of the Institute for Pervasive Computing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, proposes changes to RFID protocols to address consumer privacy concerns by appropriately supporting the fair information practices. The paper suggests new features and outline how they would allow consumer interest groups and privacy-concerned individuals to judge whether an RFID reader deployment complies with the corresponding regulations through the use of a watchdog tag.
    Tags: Privacy
  • RFID Tags and Privacy
    Published June 2004
    Originally published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, this article by Jim Harper, a Washington, D.C., lawyer, explains the privacy concerns surrounding RFID and why market forces will resolve them.
    Tags: Privacy
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