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August 15, 2005

Book Corner: New Book on RFID in the Workplace

9 to 5 : do you know if your boss knows where you are? : case studies of radio frequency identification usage in the workplace by RAND Researchers Edward Balkovich, Tora K. Bikson, and Gordon Bitko. Published May 2005; available in the Main Stacks under the call number 331.2598 B199n or electronically by clicking here.

Here RAND's summary of the book:

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are finding their way into a broad range of new applications that have raised concerns about privacy that demonstrate how emerging information technologies can upset the balance of privacy, personal benefits, and public safety and security. This case study examines six enterprises to understand their policies for collecting, retaining, and using personally identifiable records obtained by sensing RFID-based access cards. They found that RFID usage in the surveyed workplaces has a number of common features, but that policies are not generally written down or communicated to employees. They conclude that although employees ought to be informed about uses of access control system records and have the right to inspect and correct records about their activities, implementing traditional fair information practices for access control systems records would be impractical for some situations.

Chapter One:

Chapter Two:
Privacy in the Workplace

Chapter Three:

Chapter Four:
What We Found

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Chapter Six:


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The research in the public interest described in this report results from the RAND Corporation’s continuing program of self-initiated research. Support for such research is provided, in part, by donors and by the independent research and development provisions of RAND’s contracts for the operation of its U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers.

Posted by Becky at August 15, 2005 2:46 PM Posted to Book Corner