January 18, 2007

Rhetorical: Is Big Brother Watching?

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:32 pm by Ian

The Feds have started putting RFID chips containing a digital photograph and biometric information in passports, but not all people know whether their passport contains such a chip. They started putting them in about a year ago, so if you got a passport around then, here’s a simple way of telling whether or not your passport has an RFID chip in it.

  1. Place your passport face up in front of you.
  2. Hit it with a hammer.
  3. Your passport does not have an RFID chip installed.


  1. Nick said,

    I hear microwaving them works pretty well too….

    mmm.. tasty!

  2. Daniel said,

    If you are just plain filthy rich and don’t want to wield a hammer, you can buy one of these RFID-blocking passport wallets: http://www.difrwear.com/products.shtml

  3. Ian said,

    Microwaving could leave scorch marks, and it’s a felony to tamper with a passport. Don’t want to leave any evidence behind.

  4. Kevin said,

    Another interesting link:

    I wish I was taking my “History of the Police State” course now instead of back in 2001.

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