January 2, 2008 By News Report
Peter Hustinx, the European data protection supervisor, (EDPS) last month issued his Opinion on the Commission's communication on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Europe. The Opinion deals with the growing use of RFID chips in consumer products and other new applications affecting individuals.
"RFID systems could play a key role in the development of the European Information Society," said Hustinx, "but the wide acceptance of RFID technologies should be facilitated by the benefits of consistent data protection safeguards. Self-regulation alone may not be enough to meet the challenge. Legal instruments may therefore be required to guarantee that the technical solutions to minimize the risks for data protection and privacy are in place."
More specifically, Hustinx calls on the Commission to consider the following recommendations:
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.