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RFID Exec Responds To 'Spychips' Book

Nicholas Chavez, president of an RFID provider, has published a response to the book and has asked the authors participate on an RFID advisory board.

LONDON — Nicholas Chavez, president of radio frequency identification company RFID Ltd., has published a response to a book called “Spychips”, written by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre and offered to engage with the two authors for benefit of consumers.

In a statement announcing the publishing of the response Chavez asked Albrecht and McIntyre to participate on an RFID advisory board and offered to help them become "certified" in RFID technology.

In a 24-page document Chavez has attempted to refute arguments made by Albrecht and McIntyre in their book that RFID chip deployment is an invasion of privacy. The publication of the book has sparked off a debate over whether the use of RFID chips by large corporations is part of a conspiracy between big business and government that will ultimately see RFID tags used everywhere.

In a statement issued Monday (Nov. 7) Chavez said he is willing to cooperate with Albrecht and McIntyre to address the interests of consumers and other various parties. “Ms. Albrecht and Ms. McIntyre have accomplished much in garnering the attention of the leaders within the RFID industry,” said Chavez in the statement.

Chavez said he offered the authors an expense-paid invitation to become “certified” in RFID technology and further invites the authors to participate on the advisory board of RFID Ltd. (Denver, Colorado) to better represent consumer privacy concerns.

Chavez's rebuttal text was available here when this story was first published.

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