Traveling outside of the U.S.A. is going high
tech. The United States State Department is banking on RFID chips to make passports more secure and harder to counterfit. RFID, which stands for (R)adio (F)requency (ID)entification, will broadcast the passport
holder’s name, address and a digitized photo to a remote reader that would be something like the security scanners by
the exit doors at department or electronics stores and the “Fast Track” pre-pay toll system..
The danger with this type on technology as it
means to be implemented is that your information can be read by the good guys as well as the bad. Since the passport does
not need to be in direct contact with the reader, anyone who has the reader technology can get your information tha is being
broadcast. Privacy experts and civil liberty organizations are in an uproar over the lack of security involved with the new
State Department employees and Diplomats are going
to have the technology in their Passports by January 2005, the rest of American citizens applying for new passports will get
theirs this spring, and other countries are required to follow suit.
So, are you going to be getting one of the new
- norbtek.info 11-15-04