Home » Uncategorized » US Department of State Releases Rules on RFID Chips on Passports
Image_46223_tmimage.jpg

US Department of State Releases Rules on RFID Chips on Passports

The US Department of State will be conducting a pilot test on RFID chip-embedded passports beginning December 2005. The RFID-embedded passports, scheduled to be issued starting October 2006, are part of the US’ efforts to increase the level of internal security. The chips will contain the usual information printed in the passport, together with a digital photo.

Not surprisingly, many are concerned that their personal information will be all the more open to identify thieves via these RFID chips. As such, the US State Department has made it known that the covers of the new passports will feature an anti-skimming device to counter any casual access. Further, the US State Department mentions that a security system should be in place that will ensure that the RFID chips are only read by recognized or legitimate readers.

The new US passports are in accordance with the biometric standardization laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2003.

The release of RFID chip-enabled passports also coincide with the new requirements for EU citizens (who are currently allowed to enter US territory without a visa), which will be required to get a visa from October 2006 unless they carry a biometrically-enabled passport.

About Melanie Tan

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.