Privacy, Consumer Groups Warn of Risks of RFID Product Tracking Devices
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an item-tagging technology with profound societal implications. Used improperly, RFID has the potential to jeopardize consumer privacy, reduce or eliminate purchasing anonymity, and threaten civil liberties. CDT has joined consumer organizations and privacy advocates on a joint statement on the deployment of RFID in the consumer environment. The statement describes the technology and its uses, defines the risks, and discusses potential public policy approaches to mitigate the problems.