Unreliable RFID chip


The more the federal government passes laws to insure its security, the more dangerous I feel. Let's proposed use of the Government of RFID technology as an example of my concern.

RFID-stands for radio frequency identification. RFID-chip is a miniature device that has a very small chip antenna attached to tiny. If the chip hears a special radio signal, it responds with information, usually lengthy identification number. Chips, also called tags, which are used in the private sector a lot of information, tracking functions, including inventory management, EKG carts in hospitals, non-cash toll booths, the movement of shipping containers, library books, credit cards, and even tires. The military currently uses these chips in Iraq and using RFID technology since the Second World War.

The United States government more involved in technology for security purposes. Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005. The law requires a license, passport and identity card with a standardized driver's machine-readable data, to be in place across the country in December 2009. The technology used RFID.

The problem with this proposed dates with the & # 39 is that the federal government has not finalized the requirements of laws and does not specify how much it will pay for an estimated price of $ 11 billion program over the next 5 years. There are logistical issues related to the implementation as well. Analysis of the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures doubts about the feasibility of obtaining each licensed driver in the Motor Vehicle Dept. to check identification documents for a period of time, like five years.

Real ID Act has its opponents. Maine, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington have passed laws opposing Real ID. These states worry about the loss of individual privacy and freedom.

State concerned that privacy can be violated because RFID technology can be prone to the virus and steal information. This is because the chips work similar to a smart card. The problem is that they can be read from a distance. The receiving device can "talk" to the chip remotely, without the need for physical contact, and get any information on him.

Passport officials suggest the ability to download the information on the chip simply by bringing it within a few centimeters of an e-reader. Unfortunately, RFID-chips can be read by any reader, not just those at passport control. Doubtful result of a & # 39 is that travelers carrying around RFID passports (and eventually driving license) transmit their identity. In tests, RFID chips have been read by receivers 20 meters.

Nevertheless, there are still big concerns about RFID-technology than its use in the driver's or passports. For many years, RFID-chips have been implanted in the body of animals to watch out for stray animals. There is a company called Verichip, which received FDA approval and produces a chip for a man in the store emergency medical information. The chip can be implanted in the thumb or the hand of man. Verichip implanted chip is about 50 people. The company also sells a chip implant in South America as a way to track potential victims are abducted.

In addition, consider the use of RFID-chips based on Citywatch.com Cincinnati. A private company has an integrated video surveillance silicon Verichip RFID chips in two of its employees. The company uses technology to control employee access to physical locations to save sensitive information safe. This is the first time that workers were chipped as the authentication method.

RFID-chips are used in humans in other countries. Chips have been implanted in more than 2,000 patrons a night club in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Rotterdam, the Netherlands for access to the club, and a simple method of payment services of the club. Credit Card Company is closely monitoring the technology for several years as a potential method for the chip-implanted customers to make secure purchases through their credit cards.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson is now on the Board of Directors Verichip. Thompson excited about the company's technology and sees a bright future for chip implants in humans for all their medical data storage.

(Human RFID implant) Verichip chip entailed questions of civil liberties and state governments. Last month, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law that prohibits employers require employees to be implanted with RFID-tagged. sponsor of the bill State Senator Joe Simitian (D- Palo Alto), condemned human tagging as "the ultimate invasion of privacy."

If you are interested in keeping your medical records in a chip in your body, VeriChip implant procedure costs about $ 200 in a doctor's office. As for me, call me old-fashioned, as I will continue to use the medical card in my wallet. However, due to the passage of the Real ID Act, to ensure their personal safety, my next passport and driver's license may have to be wrapped in aluminum foil.