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RFID tagging tech gets privacy code

EU: RFID tagging tech gets privacy code

The European Commission has today issued a set of principles for the use of track and trace RFID technology with the aim of reassuring the public that their privacy and personal data will be safeguarded.

The guidelines state products containing RFID chips should be automatically and immediately deactivated at the point of sale unless the consumer specifically opts-in to keep the chip operational. However the EC says exceptions can be granted to “avoid unnecessary burden on retailers” – provided an assessment of the chip’s impact on privacy has been conducted.

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Related – Press Release
Related – EU recommendation on RFID applications (pdf), May 12, 2009

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