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8 January 2007 at 5:49:27 PM
Why? Because a lot of people don't like the RFID chip in their passport, not to mention that a lot of people simply don't know they will have to a have a passport to go to and from.. Mexico! Or Canada!
And the e-passports have been easily hacked to steal the info from it.
But, within a matter of days of the adjustments, researchers in the U.S. and Europe claimed to have hacked the chip again, said Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Technology and Liberty program. He said he's baffled by the government's insistence on using a "smart" chip, saying the safeguards make the wireless technology pointless, because the passports have to be read with scanners.
"It remains a mystery to me as to what is going on here," he said. "It's either that they do want a system that will allow for Americans to be tracked when we more around with a passport, or they are just simply stubborn, and, having once set out on a course, they refuse to divert from it, and they refuse to concede they made a mistake."
I tend to think that we are becoming a *tracking* society, and people need to push back against it.
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