Are new passports [an] identity-theft risk?

Whyte, William WWhyte at
Fri Oct 22 11:01:16 EDT 2004

> R.A. Hettinga wrote:
> > 
> <>
> >  An engineer and RFID expert with Intel claims there is 
> little danger of
> > unauthorized people reading the new passports. Roy Want 
> told the newssite:
> > "It is actually quite hard to read RFID at a distance," 
> saying a person's
> > keys, bag and body interfere with the radio waves.
> Who was it that pointed out that radio waves don't
> interfere, rather, receivers can't discriminate?

Absolutely. I'd add that while it's *currently* hard to
read at a distance, passports typically have a lifetime
of 10 years and I'd be very surprised if the technology
wasn't significantly better five years out.


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