Privacy advocate decries ID tags in passports
In February, the department proposed significant changes to U.S. passports that, among other things, would mandate the usage of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. The tags would contain all the information about people on their passports, as well as facial biometric information.
Privacy advocates and security experts have criticized the initiative, saying that it could make Americans more insecure because the chips would broadcast the passport holders' information to potential terrorists who have scanning technology.
"From identity theft to identity death, an RFID-chipped U.S. passport means good news for the bad guys," Scannell wrote on his site, called "RFID Kills."