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RFID Privacy in Perspective

Published December 6, 2006 by SecureRF in Privacy, RFID, RFID Technology, Security

Contributed by Louis Parks As the likelihood that RFID technology will enter every facet of our lives continues to grow, from tracking our drugs to the tires on our cars, so too has the voices of those opposing this technology due to the privacy issue.  The technology is real.  Our privacy is real. But how real is this threat? It is far too early in […]

Worth Another Try

Published November 19, 2006 by SecureRF in Cryptography, RFID, RFID Tag, RFID Technology

Contributed by Louis Parks There has been a lot of debate, even with the RFID industry, as to whether we really need a security solution for RFID tags so it was very heartening to see Texas Instruments acknowledge the need with their recent security solution for HF RFID tags. The solution itself does not actually put any security method on the tag but rather uses […]

A Strong Dose of RFID

Published November 15, 2006 by SecureRF in Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, RFID, RFID Tag

Contributed by Louis Parks: I just attended the three-day RFID Health Care Industry Adoption Summit sponsored by the National Associations of Chain Drug Stores and the Healthcare Distribution Management Association. This was billed as the single largest pharmaceutical meeting (to date) to discuss and review progress in adopting RFID.  It was very impressive to see attendees from all aspects of the pharmaceutical supply chain because […]

Nip/Tuck comes to RFID

Published November 10, 2006 by SecureRF in Privacy, RFID, RFID Tag

Contributed by Louis Parks: IBM announced a new method they have patented called Clipped Tag Technology. It is as easy to explain as it is to use. A consumer simply pulls off the RFID antennae from a RFID-enabled tag hung on the outside of an item to shorten the read range. Not clear enough you can go to the video at I applaud IBM […]

RFID Security: Sooner or Later

Published November 8, 2006 by SecureRF in Privacy, RFID, RFID Tag, RSA, Security

Contributed by Louis Parks: Shannon Kellogg of RSA recently posted a blog (no longer available) where he felt people in Europe and the United States are getting too worked up over the security and privacy issues around RFID. He feels it is too soon to pressure the industry to require safeguards and it is better to let RFID get off the ground and then let […]

Fair and Balanced?

Published November 3, 2006 by SecureRF in Homeland Security, Passport Cards, RFID, RFID Tag, RFID Technology, Smart card, Smart Card Alliance, State Department

Contributed by Louis Parks The Smart Card Alliance issued a press release this week (link no longer available) in attempt to clarify the pitfalls of relying on RFID technology to secure our borders. Unfortunately, its partial views, questionable reference to unrelated events, and failing to address the actual performance needs of the Passport card weaken their argument. First, it is unclear how much more secure […]

“Kill Bill”

Published October 25, 2006 by SecureRF in Privacy, RFID, RFID Tag, RFID Technology

Louis Parks discusses the Veto of California RFID Bill: At the end of September, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed California Bill SB768 which would have introduced limited requirements for security when RFID technology was deployed in a state government setting. Many herald this as a win for RFID and its use since it eliminates a few potential barriers to deployment. Most of the RFID players and their […]

It’s just a number.

Published October 24, 2006 by SecureRF in Privacy, RFID, RFID Tag, Security

Contributed by Louis Parks: It seems like just yesterday that I attended one of my first RFID conferences to try and validate the need for security solutions on RFID tags. So it was just over two years ago that I found myself sitting in a session featuring a panel discussion on RFID Privacy and Security. The topic seemed important judging by the overflowing attendance but […]

Does SecureRF belong in the Doghouse?

Published October 16, 2006 by SecureRF in Cryptography, Privacy, RFID Technology, RSA, Security

SecureRF Corporation replies to comments in the Schneier on Security blog. Not to our surprise, Bruce Schneier put SecureRF in the Doghouse in his October 9th blog. Bruce provides interesting views and opinions on his blog, often coming from brief observations or encounters with a security or privacy issue. Unfortunately he took the same brief approach here and chose to weigh-in with perhaps little […]

Will Loose Lips Sink Chips?

Published October 9, 2006 by SecureRF in Privacy, RFID, RFID Tag, RFID Technology, RSA, Security

The October 2006 issue of DC-Velocity magazine published a RFID 101 Technology Review column titled “Will loose lips sink chips?” by John R. Johnson, Executive Editor. Here is our feedback: We found this article to be a great overview of both the challenges and opportunities for passive RFID in item level tagging. We agree with most of Mr. Johnson’s overview of the market and […]

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