The very nature of RFID being a wireless technology does mean that the signals between the reader and tag (known as the air interface protocol) can be intercepted. Because most tags have no off switch, and there are few protocols, tags can be read by any compliant reader. This is excellent for open systems for organisations. It has also lead to concerns being raised about privacy and its impact on the ordinary citizen.
Aware of these concerns, the European Commission undertook various research and consultations and created a Standards mandate, which included the development of EN 16571.
EN 16571 is a European standard that defines a privacy impact assessment specifically for RFID applications. It has been adopted in a common manner across 33 countries. It is part of a standardisation effort supported by the European Commission for greater adoption of RFID technology, but in a manner that makes adopters aware of privacy issues.
Depending on your level of knowledge of RFID and how it can impact personal privacy, we can help you carry out your RFID PIA with one of these three options: