State, Legislator: Pull Chips from Licenses
RFID—U.S.February 21, 2012
The Michigan legislature and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) are seeking an end to the federal government's requirement for radio frequency identification (RFID) chips in driver's licenses, The Newspaper reports. Amash has written to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking her to abandon the 2009 regulatory mandate that requires states to implant RFID chips into enhanced licenses, noting, "The chips would give public and private entities an unprecedented ability to track Americans. RFIDs can be read using widely available technology, including technology contained in mobile phones, which increases the risk of identity theft."