RFID in Libraries

6/21/2004

Canucks post privacy guidelines

Filed under: — Laura @ 1:05 pm

The Information & Privacy Commissioner of the province of Ontario has released “Guidelines for Using RFID Tags in Ontario Public Libraries.” This is a substantial (15-page) document. It includes a glossary, a statement of broad assumptions (such as regular auditing and appropriate patron notification) which provide context for the specific recomendations (such as libraries should only use passive tags, no patron information should be included on a tag).

What is really notable about the document is that it asks libraries to ensure privacy issues are addressed at the design stage (emphasis mine). No closing the barn door after the horse there, eh?

The office of Information & Privacy Commisioner is a neat idea. The IPC is “acts independently of government to uphold and promote open government and the protection of personal privacy.” But the office was established by the provincial legislature to oversee two privacy statutes. [thanks to amada etches-johnson]

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