Clinic Submits Comments to U.S. Department of State on Electronic Passports on behalf of Eight Leading Computer Scientists and Engineers

Type: Comments
Year: 2005

The Samuelson Clinic submitted comments on behalf of eight computer scientists and engineers to the Office of Passport Policy, Planning and Advisory Services at the U.S. Department of State in response to the Department’s February 18 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Electronic Passports.

In their comments, these leading cryptology and security experts urged the Department of State to consider fully the security and privacy implications posed by the planned use of RFID technology and biometric information on the data page of U.S. passports. They further urged the Department to incorporate important security measures, including data encryption and RF blocking schemes such as Faraday cages, into rules for the implementation of the electronic passport system.