RFID ban held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 26, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 652 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) which would have put a 3-year ban on the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for certain government functions was held in the Assembly Appropriations committee, effectively making it a 2-year bill. Although Senator Simitian has expressed interest in trying to revive his proposal before the legislature adjourns on September 9, SB 652 most likely will not move again until January.

SB 652 grew out of a controversy at a Sutter County school north of Sacramento that required students to wear identification badges that tracked their movement on campus. Although the program was ended, the story attracted national and international attention.

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. We applaud the Assembly Appropriations committee for holding back this proposal and will continue to oppose SB 652 in its current form.
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