Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Rep. Morris plans greater consumer protection and privacy laws for ‘09

Fresh off a legislative win last year that saw first-of-its-kind consumer protection laws enacted, State Representative Jeff Morris (D – Mount Vernon) is planning another bout against so-called “spy technology” devices.

Morris has waged a campaign against the malicious use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchips, which are turning up in more and more consumer products, as well as government-issued identification like driver’s licenses and passports.

Morris expects swift and fierce opposition to his proposals from corporate lobbyists and business interests that would like to see RFID chips embedded in any and all consumer products.

“The potential for marketing and convenience is great with this technology,” admits Morris. “But so is the threat to our privacy and freedom.”

To read the full text of the press release, click here.