WASHINGTON A critic of RFID technology is calling for responsible use of the tracking chips to protect individual privacy.
Mary Brown, a security specialist who teaches at Capella University (Minneapolis), said "RFID is an excellent tool in terms of security. It is a terrible tool in terms of privacy."
"What it comes down to is our technology has gotten ahead of our ethics. When it comes to human tracking, I think we are crossing the edge," she added.
One human application for RFID tags is embedding chips with medical data into patients' arms. Instead, Brown suggested that chips be embedded into medical bracelets rather than permanently injected into a patient's arm.
Brown will explore growing concerns about security and privacy related to RFID chips at the Minnesota Government IT Symposium in St. Paul, Minn., on Dec. 14.