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Friday, September 09, 2005

Limitations on RFID in California?

SB 682 is under consideration by the California legislature, but consideration will probably be delayed until next year. From Government Computer News:

The sponsor of controversial legislation that would ban most uses of radio frequency identification in California is making a final push for passage of his bill before the Assembly adjourns Sept. 9.

State Sen. Joe Simitian (D) is ramping up his efforts to persuade the state legislature to approve his Identity Information Protection Act of 2005, SB628. The measure would prohibit use of RFID for three years for driver’s licenses and student identification, library and health insurance cards....

It addresses a concern that RFID radio signals potentially could be intercepted by unauthorized readers.

The legislation was passed by the California Senate in May, but it has faced obstacles in the Assembly and strong opposition from the state’s high-tech industry....

There has been controversy over RFID’s potential for privacy and security breaches due to the tags being read by unauthorized readers. But RFID supporters say shielding devices, such as metal, can be used to block the radio waves.

The legislation has been endorsed by the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and by the Los Angeles Times, among others.


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