Privacy advocates fret over electronic passports

Monday, 22 November 2004, 12:14 AM EST

The United States hasn't issued any microchip-equipped passports yet, but as the Department of State tests different prototypes, the international standards for the passports are under fire from privacy advocates who worry the technology won't protect travelers from identity thieves.

The American Civil Liberties union has raised alarms and even an executive at one of the companies developing a prototype for the State Department calls the international standards woefully inadequate.

By Ellen Simon at SecurityFocus.

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