I’m attending the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) annual meeting again this year. I tend to go every few years, as it’s a big convention (over 10,000 attendees) and can be a bit overwhelming. My symposium submission about online mental health interventions also got accepted, so I’m looking forward to chairing a great talk by researchers from around the world (today in Room 29B at 10:00 am).
I pre-registered, so got my registration badge in the mail (hey SXSW, this is a great idea you should implement!). Then all you have to do is go to the registration area and pick up your badge holder and convention bag.
There are two interesting things about the convention this year — the badges come with attached passive RFID chips. And the APA encourages people to use an insecure third-party social networking website to connect with others (which I discussed yesterday — and because of that article, has now had the security concerns I raised addressed by requiring users to enter a unique password they receive by email).
How is the APA using the RFID chip in your badge and where is its use disclosed to attendees?