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Is Tagging a Solution or a Problem?

RFID—FRANCE

November 10, 2010

Though a French company with plans to electronically tag nursery-aged children in Paris has halted implementation due to privacy concerns, the international trend is different, The Guardian reports. Worldwide, 150 maternity wards in 17 countries already use RFID tags that are capable of remotely tracking a subject's location, with some countries creating laws to mandate such devices. Alex Tϋrk, the head of France's Commission for Information Technology and Freedom (CNIL), says the tags will become smaller and more difficult to legislate. "Sometimes we need to say 'no' to the temptations of technology," Tϋrk said, calling for the French Parliament to address the issue and for debates on the topic to begin around the globe.
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