• Privacy in an Age of Technological Celebrity. An Examination of Radio Frequency Identification(RFID)

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Adrian Bannon is a law graduate of the National University of Ireland, University College Cork, and the University of Edinburgh. Adrian has tutored and lectured in law and has written extensively in IT Law. He is currently a digital policy researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Dublin, Ireland.)


Cutting edge technologies reliably raise a cornucopia of corporate, economic, social and regulatory issues. One such technology, and that which is the attempted focus of this work, is Radio Frequency Identification (hereafter RFID). Once an object of wartime nostalgia; the contemporary commercial value of RFID has sprung the technology from the fusty realms of military history into those of corporate strategy and legal discourse. RFID is only in the nascent stages of its development, and yet it is already being predicted that the technology could become one of the most pervasive computer technologies in modern history. Like every powerful technology however, RFID could prove to be a double-edged sword insofar as whilst some applications of it may not pose legislative concerns, many others could. It is against this backdrop of potential legislative and social concerns that this book will focus on. Taking some of the more salient aspects of European legislation, this work will endeavour to examine whether such privacy concerns are justified, and what if anything, can be done to ameliorate such concerns.

MATERIAS: Privacy, Law, Radio Frequency Identification, data protection, Technology