Definition Edit

A kill command is a command that RFID readers can send to RFID tags that uses electronic disabling mechanisms to prevent RFID tags from responding to any additional commands.[1]

Overview Edit

The kill command is irreversible. The kill command also prevents wireless access to an RFID tag's identifier, in addition to any memory that may be on the RFID tag.

The primary objective of the kill command is to protect personal privacy. RFID tags could potentially be used to track individuals that carry tagged items or wear tagged articles of clothing when the RFID tags are no longer required for their intended use, such as to expedite checkout or inventory. The ability to disable an RFID tag with the kill command provides a mechanism to prevent unauthorized access to and illegitimate use of product information stored in the RFID tag.

References Edit

  1. Guidelines for Securing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems, Glossary, at B-2.

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