TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Wired News: American Passports to Get Chipped

Re: Wired News: American Passports to Get Chipped

David Clayton (
Thu, 18 Nov 2004 12:23:36 +1100 (Scott Dorsey) contributed the following:

> Marcus Didius Falco <> wrote:

>> New U.S. passports will soon be read remotely at borders around the
>> world, thanks to embedded chips that will broadcast on command an
>> individual's name, address and digital photo to a computerized reader.

>> The State Department hopes the addition of the chips, which employ
>> radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology, will make
>> passports more secure and harder to forge, according to spokeswoman
>> Kelly Shannon.

> Great idea! Now the bad guys can build bombs that explode when they
> detect nearby American passports! It's just the thing to ensure
> Americans' safety abroad.

How many seconds until someone invents a RF-shielded passport cover?


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