AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Radio Frequency Identification Tags, Memory Spots, and the Processing of Personally Identifiable Information, and Sensitive Data: When There Is No Balance Between Right and Wrong
Luca Escoffier

Last modified: 2010-03-23


Novel medical applications and devices will shortly play a critical role in the diagnosis and storage of medical information in vivo on the patient’s body. Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, and memory spots are probably going to be massively deployed on humans not just as a means to locate, and identify a subject but also to have access to sensitive information as medical records, genetic features, and pathological data. The role played by the advancement of technology in this sector is undoubtedly beneficial on the one hand because it solves many problems and deficiencies of the current situation, but on the other hand the collection of extremely sensitive data, like the genetic and pathological ones, must be treated with extreme caution, but probably even the most advanced safety features will not be sufficient to protect individuals from the illegal retrieval and processing of personally identifiable information and sensitive data. There will be a day in which striking a balance between what is useful, and what is too private to be known and disclosed will be extremely hard to accomplish for our decision-makers.


privacy; memory spots; RFID; radio frequency identification; sensitive data; personally identifiable information

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