Friday, February 18, 2005

~ RFID - Future litigation ~

Mark Roberti, editor of the RFID Journal suggests that the retail use of RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags may expose retailers to invasion of privacy torts. The tags now in use by major consumer outlets to track the movement of goods, could potentially be associated with personal data in the retailers' database.

EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) interviewed executives on the commercial use of RFID tags. Roland Edwards of Global Communications admitted that, "Personal information is not stored on chip but is likely associated in store databases."

The penetration of this technology in the retail market, from tracking goods to associating those goods with specific customers will be driven by the big arm twisters, Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense.

RFID may also penetrate the legal world through the need to manage litigation.


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