ElectricNews.net: The two faces of RFID
[...] Kevin Mahady, group IT manager with NTR, denies that Eazy Pass' RFID system is an open book to anybody who chooses to set up an RFID reader within yards of the West-Link toll bridge. Without access to NTR's computer system, the information gathered would be meaningless. "You could set up a reader anywhere you want and read the tags," he said. "But the customer's details are kept on our computer system, not on the chip."If all your items are uniquely traceable - clothes, shoes, credit cards, etc - a malicious user won't need to look up the customer databases of the manufacturers or shops - it will suffice to track that "tags 1234 (your shoes), 2334 (your mobile) and 3445 (your credit card) pass here every day" to offer discounted coffee or worse, to cooperate with others to survey this group of tags' movement over time...
Nevertheless, the proliferation of RFID tags throughout society could lead to the creation of what Lee Tien refers to as "the architecture for a surveillance society." Public anxieties regarding privacy have to be taken seriously [...]
Anders Jacobsen |