CMTA opposed RFID ban bill faces crucial hearing

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 12, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 652 by Senator Joe Simitian (D – Palo Alto) proposes to ban the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) with respect to government functions.  Technologies such as RFID are being implemented worldwide, due to their ability to help drastically reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve the accuracy in which information is delivered.  CMTA is greatly concerned with any legislation that seeks to ban a type of technology rather than address the real issue of objectionable conduct, whether by government entities or the private sector.

Wireless ID applications have many positive uses and the bill acknowledges that by exempting applications like passes used on toll roads for collection and wireless IDs for infants in hospitals.  Many government buildings also use this technology to allow employees and approved parties to enter state buildings.  Proponents of the bill argue that the legislature should choose to put Californians privacy ahead of the beneficial uses.

The bill faces a key hearing the first week back from the legislative recess and is scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Appropriations committee on August 17.

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