European Data Protection Digest

Chip Technology Causes Concern

RFID—EU

May 7, 2010

RFID chips have become a standard tool in recent years and will soon be used by mobile-phone manufacturers to allow customer payments in shops, the European Voice reports. But the technology, identified by the European Commission as the building block of the "Internet of things," has elicited concerns from consumer groups about customer surveillance both in and out of shops, among other concerns. European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said last year that the commission should be ready to propose legislation if self regulation by industry "does not deliver." Last week, Assistant Commissioner Gibranni Butarelli said the EU's existing approach of self-regulation "has been good so far but is probably not enough." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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