RFID technology is used to identify assets wirelessly at short range, and is used in many industries to help make companies more efficient and to prevent theft.
Speaking at thein Hannover, Germany, on Thursday, information society commissioner Viviane Reding said the Commission would draft rules later this year to amend that factors into the use of RFID.
A stakeholder group will be formed first to advise the Commission on the development of its RFID policy. The group will report back to the Commission by the end of 2008 on any reform to European laws that it thinks is needed. Major issues, according to Reding, include, trust and governance.
"We should stimulate the use of RFID technology in Europe while safeguarding personal data and privacy," Reding told reporters at CeBit.
Reding also said that the Commission. "When I come to CeBit, people ask, 'What regulation are you proposing today?' I have no regulation. We must not overregulate RFID, but we must provide the industry with legal certainty," she said.
The Commission also published a strategy report on Thursday that was produced after consulting with interested parties.
In the report, the Commission said RFID tags--the hardware attached to the assets in question--, particularly in terms of encryption and authentication.
Richard Thurston of ZDNet UK reported from London.