Dec 272010
 
 December 27, 2010  Breaches, Surveillance

Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera reports:

It’s been a week since the launch of the “Ready Lane” pilot program, an experiment to expedite traffic at the Ysleta-Zaragosa International Bridge.

The special lanes are for drivers whose travel documents come equipped with high-tech Radio Frequency Identification chips.

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But as the U.S. government pushes for wider adoption of the new RFID-enabled documents, privacy advocates and computer security experts remain uneasy about the technology.

“The problem with RFID is that it can be queried surreptitiously without your consent. That’s the basic problem,” said Bruce Schneier, a computer security expert that has researched RFID vulnerabilities. “I think (RFID-equipped documents) are a bad idea, but nobody asked me.”

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