California will revisit RFID restrictions

The California Assembly at press time was set to consider a partial ban on radio frequency identification that would allow the technology to be used for certain types of identification cards, but only if shield devices and other privacy protections are employed.

The legislation is an amended version of a bill approved May 16 that would bar all California public agencies from issuing ID cards containing RFID tags.

It is the first legislation in the country that would prohibit use of the RFID technology in identification documents.

Under the new version, the RFID tags would be banned on driver's licenses, student identification cards, library cards and health insurance cards, but the tags would be allowed on access cards for individuals such as first responders, prison employees and detainees.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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