Privacy Advocates Argue Capitol Hill RFID Policy Too Lenient

March 23, 2005

Republican US Senators have made a statement that Radio Frequency Identification should be free of regulation, a view that concerns privacy experts. CASPIAN, a privacy advocate group, remarked that the policy ignores the privacy problems associated with RFID. While the policy was seen as too easy going by privacy advocates, the Senators stance on RFID did draw support from the Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council, a lobbying group that deals in the technology sector. ITI's members include companies developing RFID, such as Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel , Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Unisys Corporation and VeriSign. RFID Journal reports:

The 14-member task force says it acts as a conduit for the technology industry on Capitol Hill, and its platform promotes a wide array of goals, including support for efforts to improve the federal government's IT systems and a permanent end to taxes on Internet access. Republicans currently hold majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the task force says it plans to push through Congress the agenda outlined in its platform.

Read more: Rep. Senators Vow to Protect RFID

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