Privacy Groups Tag RFID

Public advocates CDT and ACLU push for baseline legislation to cover any digital devices collecting personally identifiable information.

Officials from the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday addressed a U.S. House subcommittee about using radio frequency identification (RFID) devices to collect personally identifiable information. The public advocates recommended baseline legislation to cover any digital devices collecting personally identifiable information.

"RFID tags enable remote, even surreptitious identification. Their use generally requires the creation of databases containing identity information and RFID use is easily integrated into database systems and other technologies," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLUs Technology and Liberty Project.

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