Peter Hustinx, the European data protection supervisor, (EDPS) last month issued his Opinion on the Commission's communication on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Europe. The Opinion deals with the growing use of RFID chips in consumer products and other new applications affecting individuals.
"RFID systems could play a key role in the development of the European Information Society," said Hustinx, "but the wide acceptance of RFID technologies should be facilitated by the benefits of consistent data protection safeguards. Self-regulation alone may not be enough to meet the challenge. Legal instruments may therefore be required to guarantee that the technical solutions to minimize the risks for data protection and privacy are in place."
More specifically, Hustinx calls on the Commission to consider the following recommendations: