[LINK] Airport to tag passengers

Stephen Loosley stephen at melbpc.org.au
Wed Oct 18 23:30:05 AEST 2006

At 10:06 AM 18/10/2006, Jan Whitaker wrote:

>> Public Policy Steering Committee (PPSC)
>> http://www.epcglobalinc.org/public/ppsc_faq/
> Thanks for sharing, Stephen. I've had a look and they are interesting,
> but old and weak.  They are doing more in creating the code that will
> soon be released for comment. However, it will only apply to signatories
> and is completely voluntary by small business requiring them to formally
> opt in to participation in and coverage by the code.

Thank you, Jan. For some reason my comments weren't attached to the
email I sent, just the quotes. But you've encapsulated the problem exactly.

As far as one can find, the RFID industry's conduct-code is old and weak,
as you have found also, and only basically applies to major B2B suppliers.
Nb, perhaps they have an industry secret code that they have yet to share.

Those voluntary codes one can find do not at all appear to cover RFID tags
for people, so, once again, the technology seems way ahead of reasonable
societal-safeguards. Geoff Ramadan seems to be taking a reasonably hard
working approach to defending his industry, and good on him for that, but it's
a huge task in view of his industry's apparent tardiness in addressing issues.

Here's another example .. so, what rights do prisoners have re RFID privacy?

"Prison tags pending: THE ACT is still yet to decide who will provide the RFID
systems that will be used in the territory's first prison - a project heralded as the
first of its kind in Australia."

My personal thanks to all those on Link who do take a pro-active approach
to privacy, You have helped one to realize, privacy IS important, and, thanks
to those on Link whom are defending our rights, but also running a personal
risk of ridicule by maybe less-well-informed, and less far-sighted au citizens.

3 Cheers Jan,
Stephen Loosley
Melbourne, Australia


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