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Opinion: Baking Privacy In Will Pay Dividends

ONLINE PRIVACY

December 9, 2011

In IT Business Canada, Ontario Privacy and Information Commissioner Ann Cavoukian outlines her concerns about a new technology that functions much like an RFID tag. Cavoukian's office recently published a paper on its study of the emerging technology's potential risks. Near Field Technology (NFT) is at the point in development where privacy should be embedded, Cavoukian writes, specifically when it comes to default privacy options. Though privacy risks are mitigated by the close range the NFC requires to interact--making third-party skimming difficult--there are challenges that remain, she says, adding that baking privacy into the product will pay dividends in consumer trust.
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