Letting Technology Solve RFID Privacy Problems
from the it's-something dept
For years, a rather vocal group of people have been protesting RFID technology, talking about the potential for privacy violations. While it's good to discuss those issues, it seems that many who are against RFIDs don't seem to offer up any alternative other than to simply not use the technology at all -- something that won't happen as long as the technology proves useful. Instead, the better solution is to focus on new technologies that help to deal with the privacy issues and protect users, rather than trying to destroy the technology completely. In the past, we've seen some attempts at privacy protecting RFID technology, but much more can be done. Now IBM is demonstrating some new technologies to protect consumers who buy RFID-tagged products, but who want to avoid some of the privacy risks. In this case, the technology would let consumers easily decrease the range that an RFID chip broadcasts, so that they can still benefit from the RFID technology, without worrying about people reading the tags from a great distance. This isn't a perfect solution by any means, but it does highlight the point that companies are working on technological means to fix the problems with RFIDs, and rather than looking to stop the technology, it would be much more productive to work on improved solutions like this one.