RFID in Libraries

9/22/2004

Another Senator calls for Fed regulation

Filed under: — Laura @ 8:55 am

Sonia Arrison writes a commentary for TechNewsWorld in which she discusses Senator Byron Dorgan’s (D-North Dakota) call for federal government to get involved with RFID development.

Arrison comes out against legislating the technology since “there is no current harm taking place as a result of RFID.”

I don’t think this is a very strong argument. Do you wait for a burglery before you lock your house up? Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel. I think industry proponents should be proactive in developing best practices if they don’t want legislators to intervene. The privacy issue is a political issue and politicians will make hay from it as protests like San Francisco’s continue.

I don’t know whether there should be intervention or not, but I’d like to see more developed arguments on both sides of the issue.

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