The European Commission sets out to regulate RFID in terms of privacy and data security

The European Commission announced last week its plans to place guidelines on radio frequency identification, or RFID.  The CeBit technology trade show in Hannover, Germany held the stage for the announcement to draft rules to modify the EU e-privacy legislation in order to specify on the existing RFID regulations.

Information society commissioner, Vivien Redding, stated that a stakeholder group with industry, consumers, and data protection groups would be formed at first to give recommendations to the Commission in order to handle data security and privacy.  The group will report back in 2008 with all the information needed regarding EU laws that are necessary. 

Redding also told reporters, "We should stimulate the use of RFID technology in Europe while safeguarding personal data and privacy."  Also that the Commission would not tie up the use of RFID in the in regulations, Redding quoted, "We must not over regulate RFID, but we must provide the industry with legal certainty."

According to CNET, the Commission also published a strategy report on Thursday after consulting with interested partied.  The report included that the RFID tags needed to be more secure, in aspects of encryption and authentication.

With RFID technology implemented in a wide range of uses such as on transportation and tracking cattle, the regulations on the technology become a necessity for the privacy and date security of consumers.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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