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Council Presidency paper setting out the future of "chips with everything" (EU doc no: 14681/07, pdf).

The word "THINGS" can include clothes, cars, tickets, food etc, the "internet of things"...does not only link computers and communications terminals, but potentially any of our daily surrounding objects – be they clothes, consumer goods, etc" and includes "nanoelectronics, which supplies the intelligence, memory, sensing, and Radio Frequency capability to RFID tags." Overall: "RFID is an important building block for the future INTERNET OF THINGS which in the next two decades is likely to attain numbers of connected appliances and sensors of orders of magnitude estimated, respectively, in tens and hundreds of billions. It is, therefore, a major opportunity for Europe R&D and for Europe ICT industry..."

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"Throughout the whole emphasis is on the global economic market potential. References to "privacy" and "data protection" are of course obligatory but lack any substance. If the current, and planned, EU laws are any guide privacy and data protection will be concepts without content"

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