Washington lawmaker vows fight against RFID

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RFID technology has raised privacy concernsRFID technology is being implemented without proper oversight or control, according to Washington representative Jeff Morris.

Jeff Morris has pledged to fight the use of so-called "spy technology" that infringes on people’s privacy, Information Week reports.

Included in his proposals is a ban on scans of people identification documents without first obtaining their consent, except in specific cases.

Morris has also said that all consumer products containing RFID chips should be clearly marked so that people can be in charge of deciding if their personal information should be collected.

"The potential for marketing and convenience is great with this technology. But so is the threat to our privacy and freedom," he said, according to the news provider.

RFID is an automatic identification method in which data is stored and remotely retrieved using devices known as transponders.

It is currently used in the logistics sector for tracking and monitoring inventory, as well as increasingly in consumer products.

This is not the first time Morris has supported limits on the technology. According to Information Week, last year he supported making the intentional surreptitious scanning of a person’s RFID chip without their consent a Class C felony.
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