Chips, tags and scanners: Ethical challenges for radio frequency identification [Book Review]

Ethics and Information Technology 9 (2):101-109 (2007)
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems identify and track objects, animals and, in principle, people. The ability to gather information obtained by tracking consumer goods, government documents, monetary transactions and human beings raises a number of interesting and important privacy issues. Moreover, RFID systems pose an ensemble of other ethical challenges related to appropriate uses and users of such systems. This paper reviews a number of RFID applications with the intention of identifying the technology’s benefits and possible misuses. We offer an overview and discussion of the most important ethical issues concerning RFID, and describes and examine some methods of protecting privacy.
Keywords business ethics  ethics  privacy  radio frequency identification  RFID  surveillance
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-006-9124-0
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