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RFID Tags and Passports Answered

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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trebuchet03 (author)2007-01-01

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)trebuchet032007-01-01

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"?

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crestind (author)2006-12-31

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).

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zachninme (author)crestind2007-01-01

"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 :-)

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crestind (author)crestind2006-12-31

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

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