Instead many states including mine have gone out of their way to make it easy for known illegal alliens to obtain drivers licenses! There have been times in my life when anonymity was important to me; there will be times in the future when it will be also. Unfortunately this method has a certain fire risk associated with it. Not only that, but you enable the covert theft of identity to an absurd degree. The businesses could use the information to run credit checks. When I showed the license the last time I flew a commercial flight, passage thru security seemed a little quicker than usual. Its important to remember this, otherwise our plan to take over the world will fail.
The idea was for border guards to be able to read the chips for all the passengers in an approaching vehicle, before the vehicle reaches a border checkpoint. In other words, they can also get equipment and reproduce anything we come up with for their own personal use to thwart detection. Stop using the hijackings to justify your pet police state! The potential for abuse of this technology grows as more and more products and devices are being created with these tags built in. To a limited extent, yes, but not as much as you might expect. The chips are just another way to track us, and probably a way to control us as time goes by.
It would also be a nice way to lower the costs of corporate identification systems. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially. No one ever need know who I am. Posted in , , , Post navigation. It is a shame that we in the U. The equipment that could is so damn expensive that only the feds and a few major cities could afford it anyway.
A faraday cage has to be grounded. They may need more time to infiltrate, but that's about it. This would prevent some random dude from reading your card using a portable reader in the subway. While such a system would make life easier and safer for police, it would make anonymity a thing of the past. There are two basic types of cards: 13.
We leave a pretty big data trail behind us, especially when using credit or debit cards. I don't know where it located but I would like to know how to destroy the frequency or the device. They are not very expensive and very effective, I had the chance to see a test demonstration of them. But once again, if it is only useful in very close proximity inches , what advantage would it have over a magstrip or barcode, both of which are much cheaper to implement, and both of which are in place already? They provide travelers with a low-cost, convenient alternative for entering the United States from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean through a land or sea port of entry, in addition to serving as a permit to drive. I seldom carry a license at all. I use what I suspect are the same key cards that the grandparent great grandparent? Personally, I accept that risk and embrace it. It's no different than a barcode or a magstripe, as it requires extremely close physical proximity to a reading device.
But, it is way too easy to imagine thieves walking around with readers and harvesting drivers licenses numbers and info in crowds. Proponents claim it would help law enforcement determine that you are who you claim to be and would make forgeries less common. All these efforts to craft technical defenses to terrorism will only go so far if anywhere in preventing terrorists from operating. My first worry on this front is that the data on the smart card would be too trusted. What does the Opt-In feature mean? I had gotten some old card readers and just set people's passwords to the raw string of text that their driver's licence would read out.
Then, let's stop blowing up their stuff so that they won't have any reason to retaliate. If my street address is in there, it's probably going to be used to spam me with junk mail. I do not see how this can be that perfect a system considering the monies most people who wish to destroy us are ablle to obtain. You thought cell phone cloning was a problem? Is it worth living in a police state to somehow keep that one set of crazed morons from blowing something up? Stop being frightened by the boogey-man-terrorist. Doing this will literally melt the chip and antenna making it impossible for the chip to ever be read again. This method also leaves visible evidence of intentional damage done to the chip, so it is unsuitable for passports.
I read your comment and I'd like to help you understand this better. Ars may earn compensation on sales from links on this site. The technology already had been implemented in Washington state, where it is promoted as an alternative to a passport for traveling to Canada. Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us. Police-state Gestapo tacticts are way more dangerous to you than any terrorist. The Social Security card was designed to track Americans' federal retirement accounts. Another thing to do would be to make a reader-detector, to see who is trying to scan your cards surreptitiously.
Of course there are problems with the fact of how much data would be on there. The range of detection would depend on the power of the reader. This technology is a dream come true for identity thieves and stalkers, and a civil liberties nightmare for Californians concerned about government intrusion and tracking. By doing this the chip will have no way of receiving electricity, or transmitting its signal back to the reader. Oops, did I say that out loud? She is active with and websites. This number does not contain any personally identifiable information.
You can viewed 'remotely' as me if you walk by a scanner. The new licenses will also allow holders to cross the border without a passport when new regulation are enacted in January 2008. Perhaps a better idea would be to not give terrorists drivers licenses at all, or maybe not to give illegal alliens drivers licenses at all. The tag then uses that electricity to power the internal chip, which bounces its data back out through the antenna, where it will be picked up by the reader. If you're concerned that it might be, keep it wrapped in aluminum foil and that should prevent them from using it to track you. As clarified in the latest 2008 edition of this portion of Doc.