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Monday, February 26, 2018

E Passports Don't Work

Remember about 10 years plus ago, being in a rush to get my passport updated before a major international business trip.   A  passport with an early version of the RFID chip.   Assumed it was much more secure and would work in many foreign systems to give me easier access.  Well, maybe not.  Not sure what the complete implications are here.   What should we do?

US Border Patrol Hasn't Validated E-Passport in Years
Passports, like any physical ID, can be altered and forged. That's partly why for the last 11 years the United States has put RFID chips in the back panel of its passports, creating so-called e-Passports. The chip stores your passport information—like name, date of birth, passport number, your photo, and even a biometric identifier—for quick, machine-readable border checks. And while e-Passports also store a cryptographic signature to prevent tampering or forgeries, it turns out that despite having over a decade to do so, US Customs and Border Protection hasn't deployed the software needed to actually verify it. .... " 

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