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August 8, 2006

ePassports Coming to the U.S.

On the heels of word that German ePassports containing RFID chips can be cloned, ComputerWorld is reporting that the State Department will begin to issue U.S. ePassports.  These will feature RFID chips that must come within 4 inches of a scanner to be read.  Security experts disagree that a contactless chip is secure, even at such a short distance for reading.  The Denver Passport Office will start distributing ePassports this week with the program spreading out to the other passport offices across the country.

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