Tom Watson, the Labour Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East, one of the very few MPs who writes a regular weblog, is promising to speak in the House of Commons on RFID issues, next Tuesday 27th January 2004.
Send him your views on Radio Frequency ID "spychip" privacy:
The number of his fellow MPs listening to him speak on "Information Technology and retail crime " is likely to be low:
"So next Tuesday evening at the end of the parliamentary session, I have managed to secure an adjournment debate. Yes, that's right, as I rise to speak, 600 MPs will be leaving the chamber after the tuition fees vote has been taken. Yep, that'll be the day before the House debates the Hutton inquiry report"
The title of the debate is a bit of a misnomer, since Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tags i.e. the anti-shoplifting tags which are deactivated or removed at the checkout are not the same as EPCglobal Class 1 RFID tags with their "unique" item level serial numbers, which currrently are not being disabled at the checkout, and which raise so many privacy issues when they are used beyond the warehouse logisitics chain and appear embedded in individual consumer items or packaging: