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The IBM clipped tag technology allows consumers to tear off the antenna of an RFID tag, thereby significantly reducing the tag’s read range to just a few inches. This makes it extremely difficult to read tags within an individual’s personal space without being noticeable. The clipped tag gives consumers the ability to simply “opt out” and protect their privacy. The chip, however, retains full functionality otherwise. This enhances consumer privacy while maintaining the benefits of the technology, such as product authentication or recalls.

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