The E-Passport

Is this the biggest privacy threat this year? If so, nominate it for a Big Brother Award!

Current Status

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is developing an electronic passport, featuring a facial biometric, at the request of the American Government.

Privacy advocates have raised concerns that the use of unencrypted RFID technology could allow both “skimming” and “eavesdropping” of identity information from e-passports. On 17 May 2005 the Australian Financial Review reported DFAT and other agencies around the world have been “forced back to the drawing board to reassess passport security”.


Media Releases

  • Letter in AFR re ePassport Security (14 April 2005) plus cartoon.