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CDT Policy Post: Security and Privacy Issues Associated With Federal RFID-Enabled Documents

CDT issued a policy post today addressing security and privacy issues associated with federal RFID-enabled border crossing documents. CDT traces the troubling history of the U.S. government’s adoption of this flawed technology despite warnings from internal government watchdogs. DHS response to security and privacy concerns has been inadequate, CDT said. RFID-enabled border crossing documents could fall victim to “mission creep,” like the Social Security Number before them, and become a target for identity thieves, CDT said, noting there is still time for the Congress and public to act, forcing the State Department and DHS to reconsider the using this flawed technology.