â€œAs government and private industry expand their use of RFID, privacy concerns have emerged that deserve a neutral forum for dialogue that includes stakeholders from government, private industry and the public,â€ said Dan Greenwood, an MIT lecturer and attorney. â€œWe at MIT will provide that forum with support from HID, by inviting stakeholders to our campus and hosting a relevant Web site on our servers.â€
A steering committee, composed of MIT researchers and faculty and an industry advisory board, will develop content for the Web site.
â€œMITâ€™s media lab is researching and developing new RFID design opportunities that support and reflect well-balanced public policy,â€ Greenwood said. MIT and HID will also collaborate to explore creative new uses for RFID which improve a wide array of transactions that take place in peopleâ€™s daily lives.
Steve Wagner, chief operating officer of HID Corp., said his company welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with MIT. â€œWe recognize the need to balance consumer privacy interests with the growing use of RFID across many sectors of the economy. Collaborating with MIT, a world-class educational institution, is a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding individual privacy with the responsible use of RFID technology,â€ Wagner said.