WAL-MART PULLS PLUG ON RFID STORE TEST

BROCKTON, Mass. -- RFID technology pioneered by the MIT Auto-ID Center suffered a public relations setback last week as a major field test was halted and the Auto-ID Center was accused of downplaying consumer privacy issues surrounding the technology.Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., and Gillette, Boston, confirmed last week that they canceled a test of an anti-theft RFID application at a Wal-Mart

BROCKTON, Mass. -- RFID technology pioneered by the MIT Auto-ID Center suffered a public relations setback last week as a major field test was halted and the Auto-ID Center was accused of downplaying consumer privacy issues surrounding the technology.

Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., and Gillette, Boston, confirmed last week that they canceled a test of an anti-theft RFID application at a Wal-Mart here . That move came just days after the Auto-ID Center at MIT, Cambridge, Mass., wh

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