Jun 242009
 June 24, 2009  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

The European Commission is to investigate whether or not people have the right to disappear from the ever-more pervasive digital networks that surround them.

The Commission has expressed concern about the privacy implications of personally-identifying technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) chips. It said that it is important to discuss whether or not people should be able to disappear from networks.

“The Commission will launch a debate on the technical and legal aspects of the ‘right to silence of the chips’, which has been referred to under different names by different authors and expresses the idea that individuals should be able to disconnect from their networked environment at any time,” said a Commission consultation paper.

Read more on Out-Law.com. The report, Internet of Things — An action plan for Europe, can be found here (pdf)

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