RFID: Doing things against the law is against the law (in Washington anyway)

A new bill introduced in the state of Washington has outlawed the use of RFID technologies for malicious purposes. Anyone caught scanning a person remotely “without his or her knowledge and consent, for the purpose of fraud, identity theft, or some other illegal purpose” will be charged with a felony. What the bill omits is any concept of an ‘opt-in’, so it’s still fine for companies to affix and read tags without the subject’s knowledge.

I’m at a complete loss to understand what the benefit of that legislation might be.

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