RFID: Brave New World of Technology

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) the latest surveillance technology rasies new concerns about invasion of pricacy. While RFID has a valid service to provide the manner in which it can be used can be intrusive in situations where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy.


Corporations and government agencies are increasingly subscribing to the new RFID surveillance technology. The objective is to assign an identifiable number to all manufactured items and track them across international borders while operating remotely on an integrated worldwide network (Albrecht, 2005). RFID chips are microchips (some small as a grain of salt) used to track objects remotely. Currently, RFID chips are purported to be used to track pets, personal identification, and used in packaging (Rockwell, 2006).
Developments are underway to use RFID chips for tracking people to improve business processes, according to Health Management Data (Schuerenberg, 2008). An RFID tag is comprised of three components in two combinations: a receiver and antenna combined as an RFID reader. A responder and antenna combined to create an RFID tag. An RFID tag can be read when a reader releases a radio signal to activate the responder, which responds by sending data back to the receiver (Harper, 2004).
a. Via direct monitoring by marketers, manufacturers, retailers, sales agents, government, police, hospitals, and street cameras. For instance, RFID could be used to track a customer's purchases by creating a profile of the customer's shopping habits, returns, interests and desires.
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