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The Federal Trade Commission held a workshop titled Transatlantic RFID Workshop on Consumer Privacy and Data Security on September 23, 2008. The workshop explored emerging applications of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and their implications for consumer protection policy. The workshop brought together industry representatives, government officials, and consumer advocates from Europe and the United States to discuss security and privacy concerns associated with RFID.
Workshop participants discussed the increasing prevalence of contactless payment devices in everyday consumer transactions, including credit card purchases and public transit. Panelists also discussed the growing utilization of item-level tagging in the retail sector.