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:
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.