Getting Under Your Skin – Literally: RFID in the Employment Context
21 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2010
Date Written: 2008
This article explores the legal ramifications of the use of radio frequency identification chips (“RFID”) by employers. RFID is an automated data-capture technology that can be used to identify, track and store information contained on a tiny computer chip, which uses electromagnetic energy in the form of radio waves to communicate information. These chips can be implanted under an employee’s skin, worn in an employee’s clothing or in an identification badge. Part II presents a brief history of RFID, as well as novel and interesting uses in the workplace. This section also discusses security and safety concerns regarding the use of this technology. Part III analyzes current and proposed law in the United States regulating RFID, and privacy implications. Part IV details legal regulations in the international context, including in Canada, the European Union and Australia. Lastly, in Part V, recommendations about the use and legal regulation of RFID in the workplace are proposed.
Keywords: RFID, Employment
JEL Classification: K31
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