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PRI Reports on RFID

SACRAMENTO -- Imposing new regulations on RFID technology is premature, according to "Playing Tag: An RFID Primer," a new report released today by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a California-based free-market think tank.

"A relatively new technology like RFID tends to spark fear in people, but fear should not drive government regulation," said K. Lloyd Billingsley, editorial director at PRI and author of Playing Tag. "Lawmakers should weigh the pros and cons of this technology, before imposing a regulatory regime that would inhibit the positive benefits of RFID."

Radio frequency identification tags track inventory for retail businesses and the military. Future benefits of RFID extend into medicine, agriculture, and security. An RFID tag can act as the modern equivalent of a medical bracelet for patients, monitor the body temperature of animals to alert farmers of disease, or detect fraudulent passports.

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