Title: “Technological Privacy of Ubiquitous RFID Systems”


The Radio-Frequency Identification (“RFID”) tag is commercially produced for object inventory tracking in the supply chain. The tags are typically affixed to shipping labels, product packaging, animals, or implanted in human beings. Because of their size and power source-less design, they can easily be hidden, making them ubiquitous.

RFID is becoming more widespread in the industry with patents issued for tracking both inside and outside of the supply chain. In particular, companies such as IBM, the Auto-ID Center, Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, and Gillette have been working to make external supply chain tracking a reality. This paper argues that:

1. RFID has merits for inventory tracking in the warehouse supply chain.
2. Usage of RFID technology outside of the warehouse supply chain for inventory tracking is a serious invasion of privacy.
3. Society should listen to what artists, hackers, and activists have to say regarding RFID technology.


Baumgaertner, Hans. “Technological Privacy of Ubiquitous RFID Systems.” Thesis. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012. Web.


RFID, privacy, tracking, P&G, Procter & Gamble, Walmart, Auto-ID Center, Gillette, passport, EPC, Gen2, UPC, Texas Instruments, METRO Group, real,- Future Store, American Eagle Outfitters, IBM, School, New Songdo, South Korea, Smart Card, VeriChip, hack

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