Gino DiCaro

Proposal to ban type of technology within government

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 17, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 682 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) bans state government from using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).  Technologies such as RFID are being implemented world-wide because of their ability to drastically reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve the accuracy in which information is delivered.

The impetus for this bill is an isolated case involving a California middle school where the students were carrying wireless identification devices so that their attendance could be recorded.

CMTA has some concern over any legislation that seeks to ban a type of technology rather than address the real issue of objectionable conduct, whether by government or the private sector.

Wireless ID applications have many positive uses.  The bill acknowledges this fact by exempting applications such as passes used on toll roads for payment collection and wireless IDs that infants wear in hospitals.  Many government buildings also use this technology to help restrict entry to only employees and approved parties.

Proponents of the bill argue that the Legislature must put privacy ahead of any beneficial uses.

The bill is moving swiftly.  If you share CMTA's concern with this bill, please email Matt Sutton

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