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California Suspends RFID Legislation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 3, 2013

In the wake of concerns from privacy groups, California legislators have suspended SB 397, which would have allowed RFID chips to be embedded into driver’s licenses and state identification cards, Wired reports. California’s Assembly Appropriations Committee put the legislation on hold “despite it having been approved by the California Senate, where it likely will be reintroduced in the coming months,” the report states, noting, “Had the measure passed, it would have transformed the Sunshine State’s standard form of ID into one of the most sophisticated identification documents in the country, mirroring the four other states that have embraced the spy-friendly technology.”
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