Friday, June 22, 2007

Status of RFID bills

from RFID Journal:

Calif. Legislature Advances RFID Bills

This week, majority votes from members of California's Assembly Judiciary Committee advanced four California State bills drafted to address RFID technology. Three were directed to other Assembly committees, but one—SB 362, which would prohibit the use of subcutaneous RFID implants without consent—is up for a floor vote and could soon land on Governor Schwarzenegger's desk. The Assembly Judiciary Committee approved SB 28, prohibiting the California Department of Motor Vehicles from embedding RFID inlays in driver's licenses; SB 29, preventing California public schools, school districts and county education offices from issuing any student IDs that use radio waves to transmit personal information, or to enable such information to be viewed remotely to track attendance, until Jan. 1, 2011; and SB 30, restricting how RFID technology could be deployed in identification cards issued by governmental entities in California. The three bills will next be sent to the Transportation, Education or Appropriations committee, respectively.

More information on SB 362 from the CA Office of Privacy Protection:

Subcutaneous Implantation of Identification Devices

This bill would prohibit a person from requiring any other individual to undergo the subcutaneous implanting of an identification device. It would authorize the Attorney General or an aggrieved party to bring an action against a violator for injunctive relief or for the assessment of civil penalties to be determined by the court. The bill would grant a prevailing plaintiff reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.

Fact sheet for SB 362

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