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Belgium – RFID technology fails to protect data stored in e-passports

June 17th, 2007 · No Comments ·

In the past we have pointed out that RFID technology was neither intended to be used for identity documents nor is it safe:

e-passports cracked 1 – safety is non-existant

e-passports cracked 2 – German, Dutch and UK citizens beware and take care

e-passports cracked 3 – Budapest Declaration raises concerns about e-passports, privacy and citizens rightse-passports cracked 4 – will more biometrics make a difference?

The use of this technology in e-passports continues to fail citizens’ wish to have the confidentiality of their personal information protected against data snooping and possible ID-theft.Unfortunately, the saga continues across Europe and Belgium is just one Member States where the technology fails to protect its users’ right for privacy.

So if you are interested about security issues pertaining to RFID technology and its use in e-passports, check out this Belgian case. Here researchers put the Belgian passport with RFID technology to the test and the verdict is, the technology fails basic standards regarding the protection of personal data stored about you in your RFID chip in your passport.

Check it out it is a bit scary…. especially because you have no choice, thanks to the USA-Visit Program we all get RFID technology in our passports sooner or later more likely sooner at least across Europe:

Gildas Avoine, Kassem Kalach, and Jean-Jacques Quisquater (June 12, 2007). Belgian Biometric Passport does not get a pass… Your personal data are in danger! Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: UCL Crypto Group (available online, see link) (available in French, Flemish and English).

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