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IBM Develops RFID Tag Feature to Up Privacy

Armonk, N.Y., IBM Corp. said it developed a feature to limit the distance a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded in a tag can transmit information, TechWeb.com reported. The report stated that the Clipped Tag gives consumers the option to disable RFID tags on items after purchase and enables companies to use the information on the tag to identify product returns or recalls. Additionally, the consumer can tear the Clipped Tag label along the edge to remove a portion of the tag's antenna after purchasing an item to reduce the signal distance the silicon chip can transmit. IBM reports ultra-high frequency tags can read other tags at distances up to approximately 30 feet.

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