RFID passports

April 19, 2005

The Practical Nomad blog: RFID passports at CFP

The 15th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy had an appearance by Frank Moss, deputy assistant secretary at the Department of State for the United States. Why is this a big deal? Well, if you travel outside of the United States, you need a passport (yes, soon even to Canada and Mexico). Mr. Moss heads the effort to put RFID into the US passports.

That’s right – a means of reading ALL of your personal information contained in the passport without having to actually touch the passport. Without you knowing it, someone has your information to do with what they will.

I don’t travel outside of the US much – haven’t been to Canada or Mexico even in more than a decade – but this scares me. Reading this article makes me seriously consider foregoing any foreign travel. Ever.

Thank you, Mr. Bush and your associates for yet another place where I’m less safe than I was when you took office. I had hoped your administration would do no damage – now I’m hoping to escape your administration with at least a shred of personal liberty and rights.

Edit – BoingBoing.Net finally picked up on this story. Better late than never.

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