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Table of Contents Abstract ................................................................................................................................................. 2 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................... 2 RFID Implantation in Human Beings ...................................................................................................... 2 Ethical Issues in RFID Implantation ........................................................................................................ 3 Privacy Issues with RFID ........................................................................................................................ 3 Benefits of Human Implantation of RFID ............................................................................................... 4 Social Issues with RFID ........................................................................................................................... 5 ACS code of ethics and Recommendations ............................................................................................ 5 Conclusion ............................................................................................................................................. 5 References ............................................................................................................................................. 5
Abstract The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been used for so many years in non-retail sectors. But the major ethical dilemma or ethical issues related to use of RFID has not been used in these years because it was not in direct approach or use with end consumers. Now in the recent years with the introduction of RFID chips in retail markets has brought the technology much closer to the end users or consumers and with their use has raised a lot of debates related to privacy and legal issues (Jones, 2004). Most of these ethical decisions are related to the legal issues of collection and storing the consumer’s personal and private informations and these debates also related to the social and ethical aspects of the technological applications of RFID. Thus in this paper we will be discussing and analysing the nature and social impact of RFID technology and will argue whether policies or guidelines are required to justify the ethical use of this technology. Introduction There are unlimited benefits of RFID technology but at the same time this technology is backed with so many privacy and ethical related issues. RFID technology has been described as quantum lead in comparison to traditional methods of capturing the data like use of barcodes (Kelly and Erickson, 2005). Therefore RFID has been hailed as one of the most revolutionary technologies of the era. The RFID technology has been used in non retail sectors like military, transportation and registration of animals. Some of the examples of use of RFID in Australia are e-Toll in Sydney, cat and dog registration, E-Passport and Melbourne City Link. However there are limited use of RFID in retail sector. Most of the giant retail companies of US like Wallmart (Smith, 2005), Benetton, Gillette, Calvin Klein have started using RFID in their retail items and also requested the suppliers to use RFID tags on the items being supplied by them so as to have easy tracking and monitoring of their transportation (Gilbert, 2003). RFID Implantation in Human Beings The RFID implantation in human beings is the latest trend which has both positive and negative benefits. People are feeling more uncomfortable with implantation in humans in comparison to animals. There is a company called VeriChip which specialises in implanting the RFID in human beings. The RFID tags are implanted so that they can tack the location of the person and store the information related to his activities. The very first idea of implanting the RFID tags or chips into human was to track the small children and Alzheimer’s patient in the case of running away or someone with medical disability (RFID, 2007).

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