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Vincentt's avatar

How I can block the RFID signal?

Asked by Vincentt (7470 points ) February 24th, 2008

I’ve recently ordered a new passport because my old one expired. However, because of EU requirements, the passport now contains an RFID chip. I don’t like the idea of data on this cheap being requested without my knowing, so I would like to know if there is a way to block the signal. I wouldn’t even mind wrapping it in aluminium foil if that helps :P
Thanks.

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Vincentt's avatar

No way, don’t tell me I actually can wrap it up in aluminium foil :P
Also, does anyone have this ThinkGeek wallet? If so, would a passport fit in it?

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

Its all in the name of terrorism Vincent. Get used to it. Im sure in a couple years, they will be in us. Kinda like Minority Report style.

segdeha's avatar

I’ve heard that zapping your passport in the microwave for a short time will disable the chip (and will not invalidate your passport). But, you should search the intertrucks for this information yourself as I don’t want to be responsible for your passport melting or something! :-)

Vincentt's avatar

@chris6137 – I like to keep telling myself there still is hope ;-)

@segdeha – well, I don’t actually want to disable the chip, just prevent anybody from reading it unless I explicitly allow them to (i.e. by “unwrapping” it).

Hmm, intertrucks, never heard that one before… :P

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

I gave up. My union is conducting drug testing now. I started doing a lil research. Guess who owns the company that is doing the tests? GE. The corporations are taking over everything.

eriktheplaid's avatar

DIFRwear (RFID backward, get it? They’re so clever! Don’t let their “cleverness” fool you, the products are actually well made) make “Faraday Cage” wallets and passport cases with wire mesh sewn in. I have one for my passport, since I forgot to renew it before they started putting RFIDs in the passport.

srmorgan's avatar

Ya know, ya have to think about why the government is putting the chip in your passport.

It’s not to monitor you on a daily basis, who keeps their passport on their person 24×7?
I don’t know about the EU but in the USA we do not have to carry Government issued ID on our persons at all times. (and I know about the need to carry a driver’s license but when I lived in Manhattan it was not necessary)

So you can smash it or boil it and then find yourself turned away by the immigrations officer when you are trying to board the flight to the Maldives next January. Even worse, when you are trying to go through immigration at Schipol.

The wallet idea sounds a whole lot better to me.

srm

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

@Morgan
I agree with you. But remember, its little steps. When they say they will put RFIDs in our new national ID cards(google real Id), and people complain, they will say,” but its in your passports already.”

Also, you do or will need a passport to go to Canada or the Caribbean.

In NJ, you must have ID on you.

And why would they wanna monitor Americans?? How about the 700,000+ Americans on the terror watch list. http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/10/860000-name-lon.html

Its all about the baby steps.
“Pastor Niemoller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke (too modestly of himself) and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing: and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something – but then it was too late.”

You should definitely check out this website about baby steps.
http://www.buzzflash.com/hartmann/05/11/har05011.html

Vincentt's avatar

@eriktheplaid – hmm, that website won’t load…

@srmorgan – well, in the Netherlands, everyone above the age of 14 is required to carry it along at all times. Or at least, whenever you get involved with police, you’re required to be able to show it.
The chip is in the passport to be able to store more information (such as a picture in full-colour) I believe. That’s not something I oppose, however, I only want them to be able to retrieve that information when I explicitly show them the passport.

I also read something that, though it is probably unlikely, demonstrates some of the “possibilities”: a bomb that would only set off when someone of my nationality walks by. Well, what with the coming movie of that crazy politician Geert Wilders, I think riots like those resulting from the Danish cartoons will occur once again, this time aimed at the Netherlands.

waltaugust's avatar

Identity Stronghold makes a Secure Passport Sleeve. They are about $5 each at www.idstronghold.com It blocks the RF signal completely and is very durable and water resistant.

If you are in the UK look at www.smartcardfocus.com/skimstopper they have them as well.

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