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Privacy concerns using NFC thecnology

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    NFC readers are becoming common in modern smart phones.
    the commands stored in the NFC stamp can potentially be invasive.
    I am interested as to the ways other museums solved or dealt with these issues.



    There’s some debate as to whether NFC or BTLE will be the technology for locating someone in a building’s interior. But in terms of matching some sort of experience to a smart phone or token with some sort of personal tracking, I know the Tech in San Jose has done something like this. They may have used NFC, but I know last decade, they used bar codes so visitors could track their own experiences through their museum. I don’t know what issues they had, though, technically or ethically. I like the idea of having an app that allows visitors track their experiences, but also, they should be able to turn it off and on. I know Monterey AQ’s app uses iOS8’s indoor location tech: it may use BTLE, but I’m not sure. But you can not allow the app to use your location.

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