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.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.