RFID tag RFID tags are watching you. Not surprising for a technology whose origins can be traced back to Cold War era Soviet Russia. These technologies are now being used in everything from clothing to passports.

One could argue that the presence of these tags in clothing, books, or any of the other thousands of things found in a store is quite harmless. It is the utilization of this information that causes the controversy.

Ultimately, these ubiquitously, ostensibly innocuous RFID tags could be found in all purchased products. They could'’t possibly come to an ill use, could they?

Many are afraid that the identification of the product could be tied to a person’s credit card or bank accounts if the product was purchased in such a manner.

Most people are not even aware of the presence of such tags. And these tags, once taken home, do not magically cease functioning. These tags will continue to function, that is, broadcast their existence, until they are destroyed. Presumably, if a burglar had the proper equipment, they would be able to scan a house like a cashier at a register.

An RFID tag that would be in a passport would have all manner of sensitive information attached to it. How would one be able to protect their personal data from being read by an outside source? One answer is that one could carry their personal documents in a metal case that could block the blind sending of data.

Concerning these tags with sensitive information, what happens if the object with the tag is discarded? Potentially the item could be traced back to the individual that originally purchased the object. What about an RFID chip in my dog or children? There have been studies, only cursory because these uses are not yet common,that have found that RFID causes malignant tumors. Aside from the insertion of an RFID tag into a living being, the security implications seem rather overblown. The risk of losing one’s identity is an omnipresent threat, with or without RFID tags. The benefit of having a RFID tag in a bicycle, computer, or automobile is well worth the added threat to privacy. RFID tags are present in society, and their presence will only proliferate as the price of their manufacture decreases.