Towards a European policy on radio frequency identification (RFID)

EIF Breakfast Debate


Thanks to its numerous fields of applications, the revolutionary technology of RFID has great economic and social potential. RFIDs have opened a whole new range of processes.

By allowing objects to exchange information among themselves, they can contribute to create the so-called “Internet of Things”. However, if Europe wants to fully exploit such potential, regulatory issues, technical barriers and concerns over privacy have to adequately addressed. In view of the forthcoming European Commission’s Recommendation on Security and Privacy aspects related to the use of RFID, this breakfast provided a timely opportunity to discuss with relevant stakeholders how best to tackle such issues for a quick and safe deployment of RFIDs. In particular, the following questions were addressed: 

What are the benefits that RFID applications bring to the European Society? How are privacy and consumer protection accounted for by RFID applications? What is the role of European policy makers in this context?

Programme - 28/05/2008

Chair: Malcolm Harbour, MEP and EIF Governor

Gerald Santucci, Head of Unit “Networked Enterprise & Radio Frequency Identification”, European Commission (DG INFSO)

Pierre Blanc, Program Manager, Competitive Intelligence and Innovation Department, Carrefour

Petteri Leiviska, Manager, Security and Business Continuity, Nokia

Emilie Barrau, Legal officer at BEUC and member of the European Commission’s expert group on RFID

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