CDT Testimony: DHS, State Using Insecure RFID Technology

The long-range or “vicinity” Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology chosen by the Departments of Homeland Security and State for government-issued ID documents poses serious risks to personal privacy and security, CDT testified today before a Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee. CDT recommended that DHS and State abandon the technology, which was originally developed to track things, not people, and that encryption be used to protect a citizen’s unique ID number. CDT also urged Congress to support legislation or regulations banning unauthorized “skimming” of RFID chips and prohibiting use of the passport card and Enhanced Driver’s License beyond border security.