Use of RFID for Human Identification: A Draft Report from DHS Emerging Applications and Technology Subcommittee to the Full Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Version 1.0   [open pdf - 127KB]

"The purposes of this paper are to: (1) address the use of Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify and track individuals; (2) outline the potential data privacy and integrity issues implicated by this use of RFID technology; (3) offer guidance to the Secretary of DHS, program managers, and the DHS Privacy Office on deciding whether to deploy RFID technology to track individuals; and (4) offer steps to consider in order to mitigate privacy and data integrity risks when planning to use RFID to identify and track individuals." The report concludes that while RFID technology is valuable for tasks such as inventory management, it is appropriate for human identification only in narrowly defined situations. RFID "increases risks to personal privacy and security, with no commensurate benefit for performance or national security." The subcommittee recommends that "RFID be disfavored for identifying and tracking human beings."

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