After California’s attempt to limit the potential use of RFID to put an end to missing children, New Hampshire has now acted in a similarly short-sighted way. HB0686 now being considered in the New Hampshire legislature would prevent anyone from using RFID to track another person without their consent.
358-S:5 Electronic Tracking Prohibited. No person may use any electronic means of tracking another person without a valid court order or other legal authorization or the consent of person being tracked. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a violation. This section shall not be construed to apply to locating technology used by the enhanced 911 system or to commercial mobile radio service pursuant to 47 U.S.C. section 332.
Unlike California’s bill, I think that the “other legal authorization” clause might give parents some protection should they use such technologies to monitor their minor children. It’s not certain that’s the case however.
This is yet another case of people harboring an irrational fear of a very useful technology. As I’ve said before, if I can use RFID to protect the family dog, why stop me from using it to protect the lives that really matter? If it’s good enough to save Rover, it should be good enough to save little Janie and Jack.