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Whitepaper: Chipping Away at Privacy

by European CommissionJan 01, 2008

Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) chips are made of integrated circuits that use tiny antenna to interact with wireless receptors that read stored information. RFID are considered ""intrusive technology"" because they raise questions about the protection of privacy. Information contained in chips can provide many clues about a person’s identity and habits. The technology allows the information to be read remotely, unbeknownst to the chip carrier. Many people are now carrying these chips and don’t realize it. This paper makes it clear that the manufacturers of radio frequency identification chips and standard-setting bodies have responsibilities related to the respect of privacy.

Whitepaper: Working Document on Data Protection Issues Related to RFID Technology

by European CommissionJan 01, 2008

Business, individuals and public services (governments included) can be benefited by using Radio Frequency Identification (commonly known as ""RFID technology"") for different purposes and applications may benefit. As further illustrated in this paper, published by RFID, can help retailers manage their inventory, enhance consumers’ shopping experience, improve drug safety as well as allow better control access by persons to restricted areas.