RFID: For the Public Good
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