RFID is making the news again and some prominent politicians are saying we need take a hard look at it before we spend $550 billion (11 billion for each State) implementing it.
RFID is being implemented, or being recomended for implementation (worldwide) to verify a person’s identity electronically when identification is presented. And there are people claiming it can already be compromised, or that it is just a matter of time before it will be.
EWeek wrote an interesting article about this about why two of our leaders don’t feel RFID is safe, or a wise investment of taxpayer resources:
Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., said they take issue with the technological implications of the act.
Sen. Akaka said that if the proposed national database were to be breached it would “provide one-stop access to virtually all information necessary to commit identity theft,” and pointed to a study by the National Governors Association estimating that states would have to come up with a total of about $11 billion each to implement the necessary infrastructure to verify information electronically. Akaka will chair the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee the group that has jurisdiction over the relationship between the federal and state governments in 2007.
The Emerging Applications and Technology Subcommittee, part of the Data Privacy and Integrity Committee that advises DHS, toned down its harsh criticisms of RFID technology used to identify individuals referring to the e-passport and PASScard ID card in a report released Dec. 13.
EWeek story, here.
And in another story a few thousand miles away from Washington, an Aussie hacker is claiming he can already hack Australian and British passports.
Sydney Morning Herald story, here.
Technology, including RFID is making people billions of dollars. Unfortunately, there is growing evidence that RFID isn’t 100 percent secure. If RFID is easily hacked, there will be other (or maybe the same people) making a lot of money selling “security” to protect people from it.
Tracking inventory in Walmart’s supply chain is one thing, but tracking humans is something that needs to be thought out, carefully. And $550 billion is a huge expenditure of the taxpayer’s hard-earned money! We need to ensure this is a wise investment and that that individual privacy doesn’t suffer because of it.
You can read Senator Akaka’s press release on this subject, here.
And to go to Senator Sununu’s page (couldn’t find a release about RFID yet), click here.
For my previous posts on this subject, click here.