Title

Ethical perspectives on the use of radio frequency identification tags

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Abstract

RFID involves wireless communication between a transponder (generally known as a tag) and a reader via radio frequency. A nanochip the size of a grain of sand is embedded in a tag. The RFID nanochip contains a unique identification code that is linked to that specifically identifiable item. The potential commercial uses of RFID technology are enormous. Virtually any industry where data is collected could conceivably deploy RFID technology. Currently the use of RFID is in its infancy stage with major retailers just beginning to adopt the technology. Expectations are that RFID technology will be pervasively adopted by businesses. The use of RFID technology has profound consumer privacy, civil liberty and security implications. This paper examines ethical issues concerning the use of RFIDs. © 2007 IEEE.

Publication Name

IEEE Engineering Management Review

Volume Number

35

First Page

57

Last Page

63

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1109/emr.2007.382646

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