European Union Will Not Regulate RFID-For Now

The European Commission has put off, for at least a year, any decision to regulate radio-frequency identification technology, according to EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding. In a press conference at the CeBIT trade show here, Reding said that because of explosive growth, it was too early for Europe to attempt regulation of the technology. She also noted that it was necessary to provide certainty for the industry and to raise awareness of how the personal data would be used: "We are creating an RFID stakeholder group. We leave this group to give us the solutions that will go into a recommendation on how to handle the security and privacy of smart radio tags." She said that if regulation were to occur, an RFID tag on a shipping container would be treated differently from one that held personal information: "Consumers should be able to deactivate the smart radio tag." Reding said that the EC may make changes to Europe's existing privacy laws to accommodate RFID, but she noted that any regulation must wait until more is known about the potential of RFID.

Robert Cresanti, U.S. undersecretary of commerce for technology who has been working on RFID issues in the Bush administration, has already had discussions with Reding about making sure that the U.S. and European implementations of RFID technology are compatible. Cresanti said that he and Reding would be making separate trips to Asia in the coming weeks to gain cooperation in setting RFID policy. Reding said that she spoke with the prime minister of Russia about RFID technology on March 14 and would also talk to the governments of China, Korea and Japan. "Here's a chance for economic development. We are in the driving seat," Reding said.

News source: eWeek

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So what is this EU ive been hearing so much about? To me it sounds kind of like the USSR, correct me if I'm wrong shoudln't countries make laws on their own accord?

It started as economic trade agreements between European nations, like NAFTA if you're a North American.

Slowly it escalated in to full blown supra-national government, that governs individual countries with no elected officials.

It is like the USSR.

Then I guess it's rather strange I remember European elections, back in 2004.

And please, comparing the EU to the USSR? Ridiculous.

Mathiasdm said,
Then I guess it's rather strange I remember European elections, back in 2004.

And please, comparing the EU to the USSR? Ridiculous.

So I guess one single organization ruling over a group of countries is fair? After all who needs individual governments when you can have someone else make all your decisions. But because the members are elected that makes it alright. This serves for good reading http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/865

black_death said,
...But because the members are elected that makes it alright.

Only the MEPs are elected (and therefore "accountable" ). The vast majority are unelected faceless unaccountable bureaucrats whose only purpose in life is to impose edicts upon millions of people such as how curved a banana must be.

The EU don't want to control technology and our lifes totally? You mean, we might have freedom and economic prosperity ... the horror!

Surely this means all this RFID money will go to American, Asian companies, Europe offers hardly anything - especially mainland, like Spain and Portugal ... imagine their disgust if we put money into American companies.