Posted by Lori Ayre on August 19, 2004

News to me... from the RFID_LIB mailing list...

Per a poster to the list, there is a Dutch-based company called Nedap that provides RFID systems for libraries in Netherlands and Belgium. Nedap use tags supplied by NBD|Biblion. NBD|Biblion is a library-supplier, selling 2.7 million books annually.

Here's where it gets interesting...the NBD|Biblion books all come equipped with RFID-labels (since April 1st 2004).

From my point of view, this is one of the more dangerous developments in RFID technology yet.

If we were worried about bad guys figuring out what I'm reading by reading the RFID tag that contains only a bar code, think how easy it will be for them to conduct their nefarious business when they don't have to bother with that pesky translation step (bar code to book title).