Privacy commissioner looking at RFID technology

Wants feedback from employers on implications of using radio frequency identification systems in the workplace
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/18/2008

The privacy commissioner is shining the spotlight on the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems in the workplace.

Jennifer Stoddart, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, is looking for feedback on the use of RFID in the workplace.

“While there is no doubt this technology can be used to improve productivity and enhance security, we are nevertheless concerned that it can also be used as a surveillance tool, undermining the dignity and autonomy of workers,” said Stoddart. “In applying RFID systems in the workplace, we believe it is necessary to strike a balance between the benefits to employers and the privacy of employees.”