The FTC staff said another key element of self-regulatory programs is effective consumer education. "Industry members, privacy advocates and government should develop education tools that inform consumers about RFID technology, how they can expect to encounter it and what choices they have with respect to its usage in particular situations."
"Any industry self-regulatory program should include meaningful accountability provisions to help ensure compliance," the staff declared, adding developments."
During the June workshop, representatives of EPCglobal outlined their "Guidelines on EPC for Consumer Products," which were discussed at length in the FTC staff report. The guidelines call for consumer notice, choice, and education, and also instruct companies to implement certain security practices. While those guidelines undoubtedly were created out of a sense of responsibility by industry participants, they clearly will serve the industry well as it seeks to avoid government regulation and control.