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by Dave Gradijan

Political Climate Inhospitable for RFID Devices

Apr 21, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

A fundamental misunderstanding of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and ID smart cards has led to poorly written legislation aimed at modernizing the nation’s ID systems, according to a National Journal’s Technology Daily article on

The Technology Daily reports that industry officials and experts feel that far-reaching mandates for modern technology would improve the nation’s security infrastructure, but there is a swelling resistance to these measures and the technology.

Robert Atkinson, the president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, told the Technology Daily that RFID and smart card advocates face an uphill battle.

“The ground has been so poisoned by the other side that I think it’s going to be tough to move forward,” he said.

Atkinson also said the movement against RFID and federal driver’s licensing has support in all areas of the political spectrum and that detractors have convinced enough people that RFID chips will do little to improve national security.

For more on RFID technology, read What’s Your Frequency.

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