The tourist city of Caen in Normandy is hosting a major European trial of the use of NFC (near field communication) – a mobile technology that can be used for anything from paying for groceries to finding out about your home town.
By placing an NFC chip near a reader, up to a distance of a centimetre or two away, data can be transmitted to and from the chip. But the Caen project has a more far-reaching use of NFC in mind, with residents now packing NFC-enabled mobiles to see if using the technology could catch on beyond public transport.
In an experiment involving companies including Orange and Philips and the town’s mayor’s office, Caen’s citizens have been road testing the technology since late last year at a number of locations.
What I wonder about is who keeps all the data? How is privacy protected?