This is something interesting I noticed on CNET:
The rights and wrongs of using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on humans have been debated since the tracking tags reached the technological mainstream. Now, school authorities in the Japanese city of Osaka have decided the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and will now be chipping children in one primary school.
What are your thoughts on this?
As long as the kids know that they will be tracked (and I’m sure they do…I know about it, you know about it, surely they know about it), I have no problem with it. I am a big fan of RFID. I think it will change the way companies and people track and take account of their belongings.
I hope that RFID technology becomes simple enough for normal people to use on their own things such as a wallet or keys or something that could easily be misplaced. You can add a small RFID sensor to your pets (extreme example!) I know Gilette and HP use them in their products, and retailers like Wal-Mart use them a lot also.
I look at RFID tags as the real-world equivalent of cookies that Amazon.com uses to help improve it’s online store. The downside is you lose some of your privacy (same with cookies), but in my opinion, “How can you lose what you never really had?” Security cameras at an airport/wal-mart/etc. are a bigger invasion of privacy than something as cool as RFID tags