Privacy groups assail future passport technology

Friday, 15 April 2005, 11:03 AM EST

Privacy advocates took the U.S. government to task on Wednesday for the government's plans to add a wireless chips to next-generation passports.

The concerns focus on the U.S. government's initiative to create machine-readable passports that will be rolled out to the diplomatic corps this year and to the general public starting in 2006. Privacy and security experts criticized the move as ill-considered, saying that the technology would leak data to those with specialized equipment, allowing Americans to be automatically identified by the passports they are carrying.

By Robert Lemos at SecurityFocus.

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