All technology, whether gunpowder or RFID, is benign without the hand of mankind using or abusing them ("RFID: Time To Take A Stand," Feb. 21). Our job is to anticipate the abuses and make provisions to control them.
RFID will be put to use in many wonderful and helpful ways. I'll leave the dark uses of RFID for those minds that are better suited to such thoughts. I choose to focus on the bright potential.
Thomas J. Kraft
Fishmonger, Norpac Fisheries Export
Open To Abuse
Forget government surveillance, what about the potential private-sector abuses of RFID?
Some companies are already firing employees, or not hiring applicants, who smoke only at home. If the courts allow this, is it unreasonable to suspect that insurance companies or employers, given access to consumer-purchase histories via RFID technology, might also target other private behaviors perceived as increasing health risks, such as excessive fat or calorie consumption?
Gregory E. Senko
Less Than Trustworthy?
It's interesting that John Foley chose to quote Kyle Ohme of Freeze.com ("You Call This Trustworthy Computing?" Feb. 14). He was eager to slam Microsoft's vulnerabilities, while quoting an individual whose site provides a haven of downloadable adware programs. Mr. Ohme's site is responsible for hundreds of hours of spyware and antivirus cleanup at our organization. We now block access to his site and his products.
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.