Dept of State plans to tag all new passports with RFID

The United States Department of State is looking to tag all new passports with RFID. The information contained on the RFID will be the same information in your passport.
Terrorists won’t even have to look for US citizens now.
Update:
Bill Scannell says:

I don’t expect my country to actively protect me when I am abroad, but I do expect it to not put me actively in harm’s way. I don’t need a beacon that is an advertisement for my potential victimhood, “Look, over here, an American! Need cash? Credit cards? Want to make a splashy political statement for the news? Act now!”

BoingBoing < RFIDKills


Personal note: Talk about technologically clueless people pushing technology.

  • “Terrorists won’t even have to look for US citizens now.”
    Assuming they get in the two foot or so transmission range of the RFID tags.
    Unless they were blind, I’d expect they would have seen them by then.

  • “Terrorists won’t even have to look for US citizens now.”
    Assuming they get in the two foot or so transmission range of the RFID tags.
    Unless they were blind, I’d expect they would have seen them by then.

  • You don’t have to be in close contact to “look” for US citizens. Passive tags have a range from 10mm to 5 meters. That’s plenty of range for a transmitter tuned to American passports.

  • You don’t have to be in close contact to “look” for US citizens. Passive tags have a range from 10mm to 5 meters. That’s plenty of range for a transmitter tuned to American passports.