Washington State Enacts "Reasonable" RFID Privacy Law

Washington State's governor has signed into law one of three bills relating to RFID and privacy, a measure that prohibits, with a dozen exceptions, the scanning of RFID chips by anybody other than the company that attached them.

The signed bill includes a number of significant changes to the initially-proposed measure which was denounced in January by Dan Mullen, President of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM), as potentially being "traumatic" to retailers and consumers. Mullen, according to an RFID Journal report, believes the enacted version is "pretty reasonable" because it focuses on banning the surreptitious scanning and reading of RFID chips, as opposed to the devices directly.