Wednesday, February 22, 2006

State Department Tests RFID Passports

State Department Issues First E-Passports Diplomats have been issued the first copies of new RFID bearing electronic passports on a trial basis. Opponents of RFID passports worry that the embedded radio frequency tags can be "skimmed" from a distance, but they've incorporated radio frequency blocking covers that prevent remote reading and claim the passports are secure. All newly issued passports are to contain the RFID chips by the end of 2006.

Dutch passports containing RFID tags were successfully skimmed in January. US officials claim that their version can't be skimmed and that fears of being targeted by terrorists using remote readers seeking US citizens is not possible.

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