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Enhanced Driver's Licence Demand "Underwhelming"


May 14, 2010

The four provinces that have been issuing RFID-enabled identification are reporting the demand has been lower than anticipated. The enhanced driver's licence (EDL) and enhanced identification card (EIC) programs were implemented in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba to ease cross-border travel as the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires Canadians to prove their citizenship when traveling into the U.S., reports. The enhanced identifications have been criticized by privacy commissioners because the RFID can be read within a vicinity of several meters by any standard chip reader, the report states. Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, meanwhile, has suggested travelers use passports until the RFID chip is replaced with one that can be turned on and off by the owner.
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