RFID: Is Security the New Privacy?
Have concerns about security overtaken
concerns about privacy?
One of the articles in the RFID Industry &
Application News Summary for this issue is headlined, "With Privacy Issues
Waning, RFID Begins Ramp Up". The
article itself barely touches on privacy. It merely concludes that privacy
issues have "dissipated". The real point of the article is that
retailers feel confident enough about moving forward with RFID without risking
a massive consumer backlash over privacy concerns.
At the same time, scanning the Google Alerts for
RFID (or watching TV newscasts) brings up continuing reports of the dangers of
data theft from RFID-enabled (near field communications - NFC) credit cards.
So, whether or not privacy concerns have "dissipated" as the article
says, the new focus seems to be on security rather than privacy. But the
question is, can you have privacy without security?
Publication date: March 2011