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RFID-Enabled Cards Cause Privacy Debate

RFID—KOREA

June 21, 2012

Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency has partnered with Korea Exchange Bank’s credit card unit to issue RFID-enabled cards designed to assist emergency services personnel in obtaining information about patients they treat, The Korea Times reports. The move has generated a heated debate about privacy, according to the report. The cards will contain biological information such as blood type, health conditions and other identity data, and emergency workers will use RFID devices to read the cards’ chips. “All information contained in the chip will be encoded, so only emergency service workers who have the RFID devices will be able to check the data,” an official said.
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