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RFID: For the Public Good

Bert Moore

Once again, privacy is in the news with New Hampshire's House passing House Bill 478 limiting RFID [very similar to bills that have twice failed to be passed by the New Hampshire Senate]. And, once again, it contains a list of unreasonable restrictions on RFID. While intended to protect the public's privacy, it neglects mention of anything resembling embedded security features that would both benefit the public and protect individual privacy. As Dan Engels, Revere Security, points out improved security -- not the limitations on the use of the technology -- is necessary to ensure privacy.

But there is an issue in these discussions more fundamental than either privacy or security...

...and that's education -- education of policy makers, privacy advocates and systems designers. The writer Terry Pratchett's update of an old adage is appropriate here, "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance."

Publication date: February 2010

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