Identity Management in RFID Application

Eva Fialová

Abstract

The RFID technology serves to identify objects and persons at distance using radio frequencies. On RFID chips data about individuals are stored and can afterwards be processed in a privacy infringing way. Since the RFID is suitable for identification, the technology is used to verify identity of the individual in order to allow access to buildings, to provide services or to check payments. The identity of the individual is usually disclosed whenever his/her RFID-enabled device gets in reach of a RFID reader or RFID tag. In order to reveal only the necessary information about individuals, the identity management should be applied, including identification, authentication and authorization. The identity management also concerns finding a balance between privacy and personal data protection on one side, and the need for verification on the other side. This paper deals with principals of the abovementioned balance and its legal regulation.

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