[LINK] EU releases RFID Privacy Recommendations.
gramadan at umd.com.au
Thu May 14 16:16:51 EST 2009
The European Commission today issued an official Recommendation on data
protection and privacy with respect to RFID. Following are the basic
principles of the Recommendation, quoted directly from the announcement:
* Consumers should be in control whether products they buy in shops use
smart chips or not. When consumers buy products with smart chips, these
should be deactivated automatically, immediately and free-of-charge at
the point of sale, unless the consumer explicitly opts-in by asking to
keep the chip operational. Exceptions can be granted to avoid
unnecessary burden on retailers, for example, but only after an
assessment of the chip's impact on privacy.
* Companies or public authorities using smart chips should give
consumers clear and simple information so that they understand if their
personal data will be used, the type of collected data (such as name,
address or date of birth) and for what purpose. They should also provide
clear labelling to identify the devices that 'read' the information
stored in smart chips, and provide a contact point for citizens to
obtain more information.
* Retail associations and organisations should promote consumer
awareness on products containing smart chips through a common European
sign to indicate whenever a smart chip is used by a product.
* Companies and public authorities should conduct privacy and data
protection impact assessments before using smart chips. These
assessments, reviewed by national data protection authorities, should
ensure that personal data is secure and well protected.
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