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Searching the man behind the tag: privacy implications of RFID technology
by Eleni Kosta, Jos Dumortier
International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (IJIPM), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2008


Abstract: The emergence of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology provides the potential for vast and varied applications, bringing with it both promise and peril. RFID tags used as the medium for the collection and transmission of personal data, as well as tracing devices for the location of natural persons, open a Pandora's box regarding the privacy rights of individuals. The goal of this paper is to present the main privacy threats that arise from the widespread use of RFID technology and to illustrate the issues that have to be taken into consideration at the designing phase of an RFID application. The legislative initiative on RFID in the European Union (EU) will be presented and finally, a brief overview of the situation in the USA will be given.


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