Saturday, April 09, 2005


s security expert Bruce Schneier writes on his blog: "Unfortunately, RFID chips can be read by any reader, not just the ones at passport control. The upshot of this is that travelers carrying around RFID passports are broadcasting their identity. Think about what that means for a minute. It means that passport holders are continuously broadcasting their name, nationality, age, address and whatever else is on the RFID chip. It means that anyone with a reader can learn that information, without the passport holder's knowledge or consent. It means that pickpockets, kidnappers and terrorists can easily -- and surreptitiously -- pick Americans or nationals of other participating countries out of a crowd."

I read about the rfid in the passports a while ago and I have to admit I totally missed it. I knew it sounded like a bad idea but couldn't put my finger on why. Domestic abuses would be bad enough but you use these to go to other countries. Granted, Americans are insanely popular in other countries right now, but that could change. What? Oh, those death to America signs are just propaganda put out by the liberal media to discredit the current administration. Note to self: Buy lead lined passport wallet.


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