[LINK] Re: RFID in Govt, and in People
gramadan at umd.com.au
Thu Oct 5 16:16:49 AEST 2006
Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Geoff Ramadan wrote:
>> Computers, data collection and Privacy laws existed prior to the
>> current introduction of RFID in libraries, and computerised barcoding
>> systems would have to comply with privacy legislation (or should have).
>> i.e. these are all existing issues prior to RFID.
>> What NEW privacy concerns are specifically raised because of RFID?
>> I suspect none, yet somehow they are attributed to "RFID".
> It is the ease of tracking that RFID offers over Barcodes that raises
> issues....identifying people or their habbits by their rubbish bins and
> their contents, where they live by tracking where the book/clothing
> goes...are these applications are in the realms of science fiction or
> now legitimate objectives.
The trouble is you are generalising. RFID is not one technology nor one thing.
I am specifically talking about Library system. I don't think any rubbish is
generated in a library transaction. And certainly nothing that contains RFID.
The ability to track who has/had what book(s) can be currently be done via
computer. RFID has no part to play in this.
> Also, as RFID does have valuable appliacations it is necessary to ensure
> that the side effects/enhancements to existing applications are
> legitimate. The issue is whether the existing privacy laws are
> sufficient and secondly whether they are effective.
I understand this point, but the only enhancement I see is the ability to read
the books more efficiently (with out having a barcode scanner and book
positioning issues). Putting a returned book down a chute with a RFID reader
registering this, is an excellent example of this. Librarians' don't have to
manipulate the book to find the barcode, improvements in stocktaking etc.
I don't see any illegitimate side effects.
I understand there are privacy issues associated with Library system as a result
of collecting personal information. What I am trying to understand is what new
and real concerns are specifically attributed to RFID.
Geoffrey Ramadan, B.E.(Elec)
Chairman, Automatic Data Capture Australia (www.adca.com.au)
Managing Director, Unique Micro Design (www.umd.com.au)
> It isn't the technology but its application that is being questioned.
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