New SIA group emerges
WASHINGTON--Kathleen Carroll, director of government relations for HID Global, who helped quash a California bill that sought to limit the use of RFID technology, will head up a new group called the Emerging Technologies Advocacy Group, under the auspices of the Security Industry Association.
ETAG will work with policy makers and other industry groups to look at technologies such as biometrics and digital video and "promote the use of technology in a way that recognizes emerging concerns with privacy issues and identity management," Carroll said.
SIA director of government affairs Don Erickson explained that the group wants to "bridge the gap between our members and government decision makers ... to help educate government and act as a sounding board for how government policy" may affect the security industry.
Carroll (search "HID gets proactive" at www.securitysystemsnews.com) headed up the RFID Working Group that worked on the California bill mentioned above, created an RFID information Web site, and developed a set of "privacy principles" for manufacturers announced at this year's ISC West.
Building on the success of the RFID Working Group, SIA decided "to expand the scope of the group to include other technologies," said Erickson.
The group will be the "eyes and ears in different states as legislatures look at technology, and they will recommend how we should respond if a bill will have an impact on the security industry," Erickson explained. Starting this month, SIA and ETAG will host a series of insider sessions between its members and key government officials (legislators and key members of the executive branch--likely from the Dept. of Commerce, NIST and DHS) to discuss policies that affect emerging technologies and new uses of existing technologies.
Carroll also expects ETAG to be involved in efforts to create standards for physical security. "We hope to help policy makers and program managers understand how having standards across the board will help them as we migrate to FIPS 201 and HSPD 12 compliance," she said.