Government Says RFID Human Tracking Is A Bad Idea
from the a-bad,-bad-idea dept
There's just something about RFID technology that seems to get a certain group of people very upset about how the technology will be misused. It's certainly reasonable to keep tabs on the potential for misuse of a technology -- but too often these folks don't come up with any constructive solutions, preferring to completely ban the technology. This clearly isn't going to happen. A much better solution is to work on better technology that makes the threats of RFID misuse much lower. Of course, poorly thought out plans by the US government to put RFID chips in passports without thinking through all the security implications doesn't help people feel any calmer. Nor, of course, do ridiculous statements from companies that sell RFID chips that we should implant such chips in migrant workers (this statement, though, comes from VeriChip, who has a long and well-documented history or making false or misleading statements -- so it's hard to take them seriously. After all, even their own board members seem a bit shy about using the company's technology). However, it appears that at least some in the government are recognizing the problems with RFIDs in tracking humans. A new report from the Department of Homeland Security specifically says that using RFIDs to track humans is a bad idea.