|Received:||10/12/2008 8:02:55 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Transatlantic RFID Workshop on Consumer Privacy and Data Security|
Comments:RFIDs pose many hazards. There is a risk that information gleaned from RFIDs could be used for identity theft. It could be also used by terrorists to profile people by nationality or ethnicity. It could also have repressive uses in tracking people. Repressive states might use information linked to RFIDs to repress or control their inhabitants. Such information could be used by such entities to track not only where people go, but what they are carrying or wearing. This could also be used to harass dissidents in such authoritarian societies. People should have the rights, at least, to control information generated by or tied to RFIDs, such as by deactivation of such devices after purchase. Also, people should not be punished for shielding data from RFID readers. RFIDs should not have been invented in the first place, though.