Ethical Issue and Regulations on Wal-Mart's RFID

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Unconsciously, new technology developments have increased drastically and have indirectly making inroads into our everyday life. These days, the usages of RFID technology have spread widely and continue to grow. RFID can be used to identify missing pets, monitor vehicle traffic, track livestock to help prevent disease outbreaks, track library’s books and even injected under the human’s skin to monitor medical history or to control access to secure areas. However, these implementations have brought numbers of critical issues; one of them is the security issues. Not only security issues, but some ethical problems also occur from the new implemented system which will be discussed later in this section. There are two frequent types of security issues regarding RFID implementation in retail industry such as Wal-Mart; illegal tracking and privacy invasion. First type of security problem is threat of illegal tracking. RFID implementation in each item in Wal-Mart contains data transmitted from microchips embedded in product’s packaging, alerting store managers via computer when stock is running low or when item may have been stolen. However, it could turn dangerous if product-tracking tags are allowed to follow people from stores into their homes because it simply means broadcasting yourself to anyone within range. A group of hackers at the 2005 DefCon technology convention in Las Vegas, Nevada said by using an antenna attached to an RFID reader, the information on a tag can be read within 70 feet away. It means, RFID technology can be used to track people and profile their everyday activities. Although type of RFID tags which usually used in Wal-Mart has no power source, it still can send information over tens of feet. RFID tags are made to broadcast information so the possibility of data theft by hackers or analysts using RFID scanners is very real. The second security
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