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Is RFID Tagging Library Books Really a Threat?
What never seems to get mentioned is that RFID technology leaves room for securing library book tag information with encryption.
Oct 05, 2004—This article was originally published by RFID Update.
October 5, 2004—We all know that library book management is one of the most popular, consumer-facing RFID applications currently being deployed. Librarians enjoy a vastly improved method for keeping books shelved in the right location, and patrons can zoom through auto-checkout like EZ Pass customers on a toll road. But some, including the American Civil Liberties Union, worry that privacy might be jeopardized by books broadcasting their identity. This seems like a fairly legitimate concern, even if the broadcast radius today is at most only a few feet. But what never seems to get mentioned, that this article finally does, is that RFID technology leaves room for securing tag information with encryption. Thus, if there ever were a need to protect the information books were broadcasting about themselves, it would certainly happen.
Read the article at The Christian Science Monitor
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