RFID in Libraries


CA SB 1834 Fails Committee Vote

Filed under: — Laura @ 11:06 am

Hi all - I’m back from ALA so there will be many updates. Lots of things happened in the past week.

The California RFID privacy bill was heard again by assembly committee. This time it failed to pass, but it was granted reconsideration. I predict some more amendments. There was a new analysis posted on 6/23 (dated 6/22). Interestingly, they don’t list any organizations as being in support of the bill, but list several in opposition – including the EFF, ACLU and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Those three organizations are neutral regarding the bill but opposed to RFID in general. As an alterantive to SB 1834 they propose a three part framework of recomendations. The framework includes a detailed assesment of the technology, implementing RFID within the principles of fair information practice and flatly prohibiting certain uses.

The wording of the prohibited practices gets a bit murky. They say the banned practices:

would include forcing consumers to accept tagged products, prohibiting consumers from detecting and disabling tags, tracking individuals without consent, and incorporating tags into currency.

I think this means they want to prohibit prohibiting people from using blockers (i.e. allowing blocking) but the double negative leaves my head spinning a little bit.

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