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 July 11, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Surveillance

Todd Lewan of the Associated Press has an article on the vulnerability of identity documents that have embedded RFID chips.


Neville Pattinson, vice president for government affairs at Gemalto, Inc., a major supplier of microchipped cards, is no RFID basher. He’s a board member of the Smart Card Alliance, an RFID industry group, and is serving on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

Still, Pattinson has sharply criticized the RFIDs in U.S. driver’s licenses and passport cards. In a 2007 article for the Privacy Advisor, a newsletter for privacy professionals, he called them vulnerable “to attacks from hackers, identity thieves and possibly even terrorists.”

Read more on The Idaho Statesman or any news source that carries AP stories.

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