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    TSA Concept Video Shows Future RFID-Enabled Airport
    Spychips In Passports May Be Just The Start, Warn Privacy Advocates
    - SpyChips.com

    RFID-laced passports may be just the start of an Orwellian airport
    experience, warn privacy advocates and authors Katherine Albrecht
    and Liz McIntyre as the nation braced for the rollout of the
    controversial technology in passports last month.

    They point to a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    concept video created by CompEx Inc. that shows how citizens can be
    tracked and monitored throughout an airport terminal -- without
    their knowledge or consent.

    The animated flash clip is posted on the authors' website at:

    In the video, citizen "Bob" is remotely identified and tracked via
    Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices as he enters an
    airport and navigates to his gate. The video ends with chilling
    frames of a government agent surreptitiously scanning Bob and his
    belongings as he sits in the waiting area.

    CompEx Inc. President Aram Kovach, who developed the film as a demo
    for the TSA, received a U.S. Patent for the idea he calls "Method
    for Tracking and Processing Passengers and their Transported
    Articles" in November of 2005 According to company press releases,
    TSA officials entertained his ideas twice, once in 2002 and once in
    2003, and "offered to direct CompEx in pursuing a segmented
    objective within the guidelines they have set forth."

    "This footage raises the specter of Soviet-style government
    surveillance creeping onto our free soil," said McIntyre. "People
    need to know that our government has actively considered these
    disturbing and invasive RFID concepts. With RFID now appearing in
    our passports, the threat to our privacy and civil liberties may be
    more than theoretical."

    "RFID passports will do little to keep us safer," Albrecht added.
    "On the contrary, by requiring us to carry RFID tags in our travel
    documents, the government is jeopardizing our personal information
    while doing little to slow down the bad guys."

    The new passports are vulnerable to hacking and cloning by
    criminals. Last week at the Black Hat security conference in Las
    Vegas, German researcher Lukas Grunwald showed how easily a criminal
    or terrorist could clone RFID tags like those in U.S. passports
    using inexpensive and readily available hardware.

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