RFID Journal recently reported that all new generation US e-passports will have a protective foil lining inside their covers. Why you may well ask? The logic is simple – the foil provides an effective barrier, or shield, that protects against unauthorised access to sensitive passport information contained within the RFID chip. (In many European countries, including Britain, passports issued since 2006 have embedded RFID or ‘contactless’ chips containing information about the passport holder.)
With this new improvement, US passport holders would have to have their passport open all of the time for it to be traced or intercepted.
This development is clearly terrific news for American citizens!
But it’s not such a bright outlook for other countries that have been slow to adopt foil linings. Of course for UK citizens there’s a simple – and 100% effective – solution until Britain catches up with the States and issues new generation ‘foil lined’ e-passports. RFID Protect supplies a range of shielding products for British e-passports and is law enforcement partnered so you can be sure of an effective solution and decent customer support. By placing your e-passport within one of RFID Protects’ shielding sleeves, wallets or holders there is no way on Earth anyone is going to scan your passport data remotely.
In fact – it’s like giving your passport its own portable firewall!
There’s an old saying – ‘when America sneezes, Britain catches a cold’. On this occasion the UK would certainly benefit from ‘a day of fever’ in order to come out the other side feeling well again; as some will argue that the current unsatisfactory situation leaves British citizens exposed to potential RFID crime. The following link will take you to the RFID Protect webpage where you can get protected now!