The ID Chip You Dont Want in Your Passport

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  1. If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it -- even if it's not set to expire anytime soon. If you don't have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don't want one of these chips in your passport.

    RFID stands for "radio-frequency identification." Passports with RFID chips store an electronic copy of the passport information: your name, a digitized picture, etc. And in the future, the chip might store fingerprints or digital visas from various countries.

    Like the chips used for automatic toll collection on roads or automatic fare collection on subways, these chips operate via proximity. The risk to you is the possibility of surreptitious access: Your passport information might be read without your knowledge or consent by a government trying to track your movements, a criminal trying to steal your identity or someone just curious about your citizenship. (Or if you are Military -AJ)

    Several security researchers have already discovered flaws. One found that he could identify individual chips via unique characteristics of the radio transmissions. Another successfully cloned a chip. The State Department called this a "meaningless stunt," pointing out that the researcher could not read or change the data. But the researcher spent only two weeks trying; the security of your passport has to be strong enough to last 10 years.

    So get a passport before it's too late. With your new passport you can wait another 10 years for an RFID passport, when the technology will be more mature, when we will have a better understanding of the security risks and when there will be other technologies we can use to cut the risks. You don't want to be a guinea pig on this one.


    Article in full

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/15/AR2006091500923.html
     
  2. Its a US article all UK passports now have a sim card type chip in them, what information is on the chip i don't know. On the upside it should cut down on pasports being 'altered'
     
  3. So if I renew I am going to be my very own radio station?
     
  4. So what happens when you accidentally rub a very large powerful magnet up and down on your passport?

    Would you then be refused whatever service you require, not be allowed on to the plane?

    I mean there are any number of ways you could accidentally come into close contact with a large powerful magnet..

    Just a stray thought.
     
  5. This chips have been in French phonecards for years, two of the biggest makers are Gemplus & Schulmberger. I have tryed putting a powerful magnet over these chips to see if data is wiped to no scucess!.
     
  6. I have the new passport, they have also changed the pages, on the top of each page is your passport number, not printed but by holes cut in the paper.

    When i went to the States 2 months ago they didn't use the chip but still used the Machine readable part of the page.

    Sparky
     
  7. God we are so behind the times, some countries have had this in there pages for years.
     
  8. Would that actually wipe them?
     
  9. A 7lb sledgehammer delicately appllied?
     
  10. Electro magnets.... that may just do the trick
     
  11. MRP Systems are just a quick format to call all your details up. Nothing super duper technology about them, they are just numbers and letters like a barcode is numbers and lines.
     
  12. The article reckons that a quick spin in the microwave would; and presumably you wouldn't get in as much trouble for doing that as you would for a kitten....
     
  13. The microwave sounds like a good idea and pretty deniable as its an offence to alter or deface a passport, (that includes removing pages to remove any stamps which give away those 'exotic' holidays to the missus)
     
  14. Thats when dual nationality comes in handy :wink:
     
  15. The Beast wins another round.

    An IT friend of mine tells me his company working with MIT is experimenting with a "Universal ID" that will serve as a drivers licence,a passport,insurance card,medical/dental file a biometric record and a police file.And if credit card companies agree ,an ATM card.All in a little piece of plastic no bigger than a 3.5 in floopy.

    Scary scary stuff.Next transition will probably require embedding microchips on finger tips and barcodes on the foreheads.