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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

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 Big Brother is watching your passport

Bruce Schneier of the International Herald Tribune explains why the Bush administration's proposal to embed passports with RFID chips is a bad idea:
[T]ravelers 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. It is a clear threat to both privacy and personal safety, and quite simply, that is why it is bad idea....

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