RFID tagged passports

September 16th, 2006

RFID tagBruce Schneier has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post, The ID Chip You Don’t Want in Your Passport, in which he recommends renewing passports before new RFID tagged ones are being issued.

“If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it — even if it’s not set to expire anytime soon. If you don’t have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don’t want one of these chips in your passport.

He says that in the U.S., the Colorado passport office is already issuing RFID passports, and that all US passport offices will be doing so by the end of the year.