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January 23, 2006

HSD urged to drop use of RFID chips for driver licenses

Conservative coalition groups and privacy advocates are reportedly urging the US Homeland Security Department to drop proposals regarding the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) contactless chips in its regulations on implementing the Real ID Act for state driver licenses.

By CBR Staff Writer

According to an article by Government Computing News, opponents to the use of the technology, including Citizens Against Government Waste and the American Civil Liberties Union, are protesting against the high cost of RFID, its lack of standard technology, and the potential for unauthorized remote readers to access personal information contained within the chips.

While the Homeland Security Department (DHS) is shortly expected to release guidelines on which machine-readable technologies must be used to meet Real ID Act standards, the groups will continue to seek further backing for their cases against the use of RFID.

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