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E. Privacy Protection Issues and Wireless Microsensor Technology

Narrator: This is Science Today. Researchers developing wireless mircosensory networks at the University of California, Berkeley, are making giant leaps in our capability to monitor everything from individual molecules to massive security systems. As the application base widens, David Culler, a chief innovator of this technology, says that privacy protection is a large consideration in their proceedings.

Culler: Very deep social issues associated with this technology. It's wonderful that you could monitor-get lots of information about your self or people that you care about. But now you have to ask, how is that information controlled? Who has what rights to it, how is it processed, how is it maintained? And much of that needs to be sorted out.

Narrator: Currently there are about 150 research groups around the world using the Berkeley platform as a basis for sensory network research.

Culler: And again, I think it's very important that the research community is asking those questions and tries to get a good handle on that while the technology is still at a young stage. So privacy and security are a big part of the agenda moving forward.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.