Provide a 15 pages analysis while answering the following question: The Advantage and Disadvantages of the RFID Technology from the Consumer Perception. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. The research method employed in this study will however involve the collation of data through the analysis of the educational journals on the Privacy issue of RFID. The use of this research method is to obtain the basic fundamental reality on the RFID technology as well as the reality perceived by the Industry, consumers, and activists.
The articles reviewed are basically on the status papers on the RFID technology, the consumer surveys conducted and the illustrations on the advantages and disadvantages perceived by the activists and industry analysts.
Proponents of the RFID technology have described it as a next-generation bar code, sure to ease inventory control and lower costs. Eventually, RFID tags could end up on everything from razor blades and books to clothes that send cleaning instructions to your washing machine.
But privacy advocates and civil libertarians say the technology designed for tracking widgets at a very short range can easily be adapted to tracking and spying on people, just as software “cookies” now track computer users’ movements online. And as some of the world’s largest companies prepare to shift their record-keeping to the new model, there’s a growing debate as to how – or whether – it should be regulated.
The proposed uses of RFID tags pose exponentially greater risks to personal privacy. . Many technology experts predict the development of a seamless network of millions of RFID receivers strategically placed around the globe in airports, seaports, highways, distribution centers, warehouses, retail stores, and consumers’ homes, all of which are constantly reading, processing, and evaluating consumers behaviors and purchases. In addition to undermining a consumer’s ability to enjoy a lifestyle in relative anonymity, critics of the technology counter that the information gathered by RFID readers could be obtained by the government for surveillance or monitoring the activities of citizens, or even misused by hackers and criminals.