Overview of RFID Employee Monitoring

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RFID Employee Monitoring The advent of RFID technology represents a stark dichotomy in its potential impact to retailers and consumers. For retailers, it is a boon because it allows for efficient product tracking and allows for very finely targeted marketing to consumers based on what they buy or even just what is in their cart. For consumers, many of the benefits for the retailer lead to an easier and efficient shopping process but there are enormous implications related to privacy and how far retailers can really go with the technology. Aggressive Employee Monitoring The aggressive monitoring of people by using technology is nothing new. Indeed, an employee challenged his firing for the receipt of pornography on a company computer in violation of company policy in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the court held that employer monitoring was legal and acceptable so long as the employer made employees aware that they are doing it. The employer in that case caught wind that downloading of objectionable material, child pornography in this case, was being received so the employer made a copy of the material and turned it over to the FBI. The employee was arrested and charged for receipt of the files as a result (Egelko, 2006). Privacy Concerns The overarching fear as it relates to RFID technology is privacy. Quite often, the RFID trackers in retail goods remain active from manufacture to the time they are disposed of or recycled. This means that if the proper
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