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Category: RFID Tags — Posted by BrittanyK - 10:45 pm

GPS tracking with RFID tags are currently available, but do you think it’s an invasion of people’s privacy?

There are two main reasons people are arguing this is ethical. One, it can help track children when they have wandered off or been abducted, and two, for Alzheimer patients who get lost and can’t identify who they are or where they need to be.

Because it is children and child abduction is becoming more and more frequent it seems this new technology is beneficial and essential, but does this mean this sophisticated tag, that uses satellites with RFID, will be able to track where your family is at all times?

However, it can only track a certain distance from the scanner. For example, if you have a chip embedded in your apparel and you walk in to the mall the scanner may pick up that RFID tag and know you’re there. This now sends them your information, where you bought that outfit or when it was purchased. This then allows them to be able to track where you are in the mall.

More recently, American Apparel has over 200 stores in 18 different countries. As you can imagine at times it can be hard to track all their retail transferring from place to place. For a chance to better their company and ensure that their stock was all there and to avoid losing sales, they decided to invest in an RFID to control its manufacturing, distributing and retail operations.

After extensive testing they discovered increased sales and a more accurate inventory. This is now implemented in all the stores in the New York area and in Santa Monica, California. For retailers, like American Apparel, this is beneficial in a different way and not to invade in their customer’s privacy.

Do you think RFID tracking should be allowed in clothing or should it be illegal because of privacy issues?

90 Comments »

  1. Brittany,
    RFID tags are used everywhere to track inventory. Walmart has every item in their stores use RFID tags so they can be tracked. This helps reduce theft, and helps maintain inventory controls. You may even see RFID tags on the wine you buy at the local liquor store.

    To address your larger question; “is this an invasion of privacy?” I would say no. There is nobody out there that has the resources or the time to dedicate to tracking anyone that is not “a bad person, or a person of importance i.e. government official, celebrity, or a child.” Realize, unless you have given permission to or been extremely intentional about the use of a tracking device it is very hard to randomly track someone.

    In the end, this technology benefits those that use it. In the consumer realm it saves all of us money by creating extensive tracking of goods, shipping fleets, and employee movements. In the personal use realm it helps us to create efficiencies of schedules and to watch over loved ones that may be at risk (such as Alzheimer’s patients or our children).

    In the end, I am curious what you think there is to be worried about and what privacy is being invaded?

    Comment by Raymond P. — January 12, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  2. HI there, please help meto get a computer & laptop tracking device. Something that can be install in order to locate the location of the stolen computer.May you please come back to me with infomation and prices please.I am in South Africa.

    Comment by Gospel Tause — February 15, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

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