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    Update: In Philippines, high court stops RFID, tells LTO to refund fees

    The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the country’s Supreme Court has “issued a status quo ante order—or one applying the existing situation before the implementation of the contested program” to stop the Land Transportation Office from implementing a system to tag cars electronically, a radio frequency identification (RFID) system. (RFID transmits data wirelessly from a chip or tag to a reader).

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the Land Transportation Office (LTO) from implementing the radio frequency identification (RFID) system for motor vehicles.

    In an en banc session, the Supreme Court issued a status quo ante order—or one applying the existing situation before the implementation of the contested program—on the RFID.

    Deputy Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Supreme Court spokesperson, told reporters that Bayan Muna’s and Piston’s petition against the RFID remained pending before the Supreme Court.

    Bayan Muna and its allied party-list groups, Anakpawis and Gabriela, and the transport group Piston questioned the constitutionality and legality of the RFID, saying it would violate one’s privacy. Moreover, the LTO project did not go through a public bidding, they said. […]

    Marquez said it would be up to the LTO to reimburse motorists who had registered their vehicles and had paid P350 for the RFID gadget. […]

    The country has more than 4.76 million vehicles in the country. The RFID stands to generate more than P1.6 billion in revenues.

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