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Recycling Cart Chips Trashed for Privacy Concerns

RFID—U.S.

December 8, 2011

The Gastonia, NC, city council voted on Tuesday to stop the delivery of RFID-chipped recycling bins to its residents, citing citizens' privacy concerns, the Gaston Gazette reports. The bins are part of a city-wide program aimed at guiding recycling education efforts toward communities that recycle less than others, but some are worried that the monitoring will eventually lead to penalties for residents who are not recycling. Meanwhile, one organization has created a privacy impact assessment tool for RFID implementation--a practice encouraged in the EU--that helps identify privacy controls that can be built into systems.
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