HID and MIT to Address RFID Privacy Issues, Establish Online Resource

SAN JOSE, Calif.

HID Corp. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) have joined forces to provide a public forum for the
discussion of RFID and public policy and to explore
innovative RFID uses for personal identification that
enhance security and personal privacy. As part of the same
effort a new comprehensive online resource will be created
for industry, government and the general public.

“As government and private industry expand their use of
RFID, privacy concerns have emerged that deserve a neutral
forum for dialogue that includes stakeholders from
government, private industry and the public,” says Dan
Greenwood, an MIT lecturer and attorney. “We at MIT will
provide that forum with support from HID, by inviting
stakeholders to our campus and hosting a relevant Web site
on our servers.”

Content for the Web site will be developed by a steering
committee comprised of MIT researchers and faculty
alongside an industry advisory board. Advisory board
members include Richard Varn, senior fellow of Center for
Digital Government and Center for Digital Education; Daniel
Combs, president of Global Identity Solutions; Jeff
Staples, managing partner of Avisian Inc.; and Bill Newill,
acting executive director with International Association
for Identification Technologies.

HID’s COO Steve Wagner says his firm welcomes the
opportunity to collaborate with MIT. Wagner recognizes the
need to balance privacy with growing RFID use across a
variety of sectors. HID has developed a corporate privacy
policy that governs the use of RFID. For more information,
go to target=’_blank’>www.hidcorp.com (opens new window).

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