Title

RFID tags: Commercial applications v. privacy rights

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-5-2005

Abstract

Purpose - This article seeks to examine the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in commercial applications and to discuss whether regulation is needed to balance commercial economic interests versus consumer privacy and libertarian concerns. Design/methodology/approach - This paper covers discussions and comparative studies of others' work and thinking. Findings - RFID technology provides enormous economic benefits for both business and consumers, while simultaneously potentially constituting one of the most invasive surveillance technologies threatening consumer privacy. Practical implications - The use of RFID technology has profound consumer privacy, civil liberty and security implications. Originality/value - RFID technology is at an embryonic stage. Like many new technologies, it poses both potential benefit and harm to society. The article recommends that legislation is needed to tip the balance enough to provide adequate privacy protection without unduly harming economic efficiency. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Publication Name

Industrial Management and Data Systems

Volume Number

105

First Page

703

Last Page

713

Issue Number

6

DOI

10.1108/02635570510606950

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