Friday, November 26, 2004

If you're getting a new passport in the near future, be prepared for some changes. The State Department will soon be embedding computer chips inside the cover and on the pages of all new passports. Airport and immigration officials, using specialized electronic equipment as well as ordinary digital cameras, will be able to read all of the information inside the passport, compare your face to a digitized record contained in the chip, and even pull out specific data from the passport record.

Invasion of privacy issues immediately spring to mind, but even more alarming is the strong probability that unauthorized individuals would also be able to read the passports.

"This is like putting an invisible bull's-eye on Americans that can be seen only by the terrorists," said Barry Steinhardt, the director of the A.C.L.U. Technology and Liberty Program. "If there's any nation in the world at the moment that could do without such a device, it is the United States."
The official U.S. position on this is apparently a nod of approval.
According to one document obtained by the A.C.L.U., a State Department memo from September detailing negotiations on the subject, the American position is that the data "should be able to be read by anyone who chooses to invest in the
infrastructure to do so."
I am very glad that my recently renewed passport is already safely in my possession.

1 comment:

nope said...


I'm sorry for being intrusive in to your blog. But I am Melissa and I am a mother of two that is just trying to get out of an incredible financial debt. See my hubby is away in Iraq trying to protect this great country that we live in, and I am at home with our two kids telling bill collectors please be patiant. When my husband returns from war we will beable to catch up on our payments. We have already had are 2001 Ford repossessed from the bank, and are now down to a 83 buick that is rusted from front to back and the heater don't work, and tire tax is due in November.

I'm not asking for your pitty because we got our ownselfs into this mess but we would love you and thank you in our prayers if you would just keep this link on your blog for others to view.

God Bless You.

Melissa K. W.
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