U.S. to Issue RFID-enabled Passports despite warnings

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:13 am

The State Department is on track to start issuing passports containing radio frequency identification (RFID) chips this week, despite warnings from some security experts that such systems could be accessed or tracked by hackers.

The new program will start in the Denver passport office and be in full production through the agency’s 17 passport facilities across the country by mid-2007. All U.S. passports are expected to include RFID chips containing personal biometric information by 2017.

Source: computerworld


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