RFID Tags and Passports

Well, I'm finally getting a passport, due to the new law. Sadly, however, in time for the RFID law as well. I don't want to be carrying one of those around in the airport. Wired said you can disable it by smacking it with a hammer, but it stated that tampering w/ a Passport is against the law, so is doing that against the law? But anyway, I would preferably just want to put it in something isolating, like a lead bag or something. Faraday cages seem the best plan, however I don't know what I will constantly ground to. Hope someone can help :-)

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trebuchet0310 years ago
I fought (as hard as a civilian can) against RFID.... It's not that I'm against the technology... I'm against the faith (and reason) that is being put into it (hell -- tinfoil!).

I'm just waiting for some kid to bypass it and/or figure out how to do a transplant....


Luckily.... my passport doesn't have it (and won't for awhile) :P And when I do renew... I'll likely not take good care of it.... Something like storing it in my shoe/under my feet for safekeeping (I used to put my lunch money in there so I wouldn't loose it :D).


Last bit of my rant.... you know what's sad? Because we don't want these - we're the one's being called paranoid. The irony kills me.
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zachninme (author)  trebuchet0310 years ago
I'm sorta like you on the issue, but I didn't fight. I'm just going to keep it in a foil wad, probably. What do you mean by "bypass and/or transplant"?
crestind10 years ago
Smacking it with a hammer would probably be illegal tampering. I assume that you're afraid of theft of personal information from the tag, but that should be difficult because most RFID tags have a shielding that prevents unauthorized reads. Wrapping the passport or bag in aluminum foil supposedly works (works for shoplifters jacking shoes and such).
zachninme (author)  crestind10 years ago
"I assume that you're afraid of theft of personal information from the tag, but that should be difficult because most RFID tags have a shielding that prevents unauthorized reads." I've seen several articles saying that it is quite easy to bypass this, and who knows, maybe they will sort it out, but I kind of want to be save :-)
crestind crestind10 years ago
Wikipedia also refers to using metal foils. That or you could build a portable Faraday's cage for your bag.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rfid#Protection_against_RFID_interception