2/24/2008

EU wants RFID tags turned off

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

RFID tags used in retail products will have to be deactivated at the point of sale to protect consumers’ privacy under draft guidelines drawn up by the European Commission (EC).

A public consultation has been launched that will run until 25 April 2008. The EC hopes its recommendations will be adopted by all 27 member states by the summer.

The RFID (radio frequency identification) devices are used for a variety of functions like inventory management. The guidelines address growing privacy concerns among consumers that their movements can be tracked and monitored after a purchase has been made.

EU Commissioner for Information Society Viviane Reding, who yesterday announced the proposals, handed regulation of smart chip technology over to the industry in March last year.

She recommends that retailers automatically deactivate the RFID tags at point of sale unless the consumer chooses to leave it active.

Apache daddy walks out on OpenSolaris

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AMD and Microsoft should take note that open source strategies bring painful problems. Sun Microsystems knows this all too well.

Just as Microsoft said it’s opening its APIs and AMD made its latest contribution to open source, controversy again bubbled up for Sun’s much-vaunted OpenSolaris project.

Apache Server co-founder Ray Fielding has resigned from Sun’s OpenSolaris Community saying he’s unhappy about the way Sun’s behaving. The issue centers over who controls the OpenSolaris trademark - Sun or the governing community - with Fielding saying Sun wanted to have it’s cake and eat it too.

The break follows criticism of Sun’s handling of open source projects in December 2007.

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