GAO Reports on Legal Issues Associated with Use of RFID

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 27, 2005

Information Security: Radio Frequency Identification Technology in the Federal Government GAO-05-551, May 27, 2005. Highlights:

  • “Of the 16 agencies that responded to the question on legal issues associated with RFID implementation in our survey, only one identified what it considered to be legal issues. These issues relate to protecting an individual’s right to privacy and tracking sensitive documents and evidence. The use of tags and databases raises important security considerations related to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data on the tags, in the databases, and in how this information is being protected. Key privacy concerns include tracking an individual’s movements and profiling an individual’s habits, among others. Tools and practices are available to address these considerations, including existing and proposed information security technologies and practices, and other practices required by law.”
  • Posted in E-Government, Privacy

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