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Radio Frequency Identification: Privacy

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance has been provided to public authorities by (a) central Government and (b) non-departmental public bodies on the privacy implications of using radio frequency identification chips. (193843)

No guidance has been issued by central Government to public authorities on the privacy implications of using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

In 2006, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) released two sets of guidance on this topic. One was aimed at individuals and the other at any business or organisation (public and private) that uses or is considering using the technology. In order to address any concerns about the impact on people's privacy, the guidance outlines the technology behind the tags, their current and potential uses, and how the Data Protection Act 1998 applies.

The guidance is available on the ICO’s website in its document library within the tools and resources section. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses with the permission of the ICO.