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RFID applications require prior privacy impact assessment

On May 12, 2009, the European Commission issued a Recommendation on The Implementation of Privacy and Data Protection Principles in Applications Supported by Radio-Frequency Identification. The recommendation recognizes the importance of RFID technology for businesses and industry to enhance efficiency. The Article 29 Working Party (hereinafter: Article 29 WP) did, however, express serious concerns about the impact of RFID technology on individuals’ privacy, since its deployment may entail robust information processing and novel monitoring practices.

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