RFID PASSPORT OF THE FUTURE
The threat of terrorism rises through our minds once again when we hear
of another kidnapping or video tape released to the foreign press. The
president speaks on an individual’s privacy and the overall larger picture,
the ending of lives. All these circumstances has warranted other countries
to start the utilization of E-passports, these electronic RFID passport
systems are better than the paper trails from years ago and more importantly
Governments from New Zealand to Malaysia are handing out RFID encoded
passports to their citizens as well as Pakistan. The RFID passport is
embedded with a small chip that will contain a variety of digital
information not only will this make border and customs security easier and
faster, but it will make the entire process much safer than now.
First, agents will be able to pull up the passport information on a screen
and visually compare the digitized photo to the passport barer. Second,
facial identification software will be used to compare the actual photo to
the holder of the passport, and third the passport chips will be safeguarded
against coping and restructuring.
Because this technology is new, the USA has decided to wait and see, not a
bad idea says critics of
RFID technology. Recent concerns regarding personal
privacy, the ability for terrorists to create remote readers and other
security issues are in question. Not to mention if the entire globe was on
the same system and 180 countries had access to these records, imagine the
compromises even if these RFID passport systems were encrypted, which most
are currently not. But still RFID experts argue that the systems in place
now are much less secure and in fact the stealing of personal information
that is stored on a
RFID chip is much safer and virtually impossible unless
equipped with a software reader within feet of the RFID passport.
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RFID information that is stored
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