Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson

America Starts Radio-Tagging Visitors

The US is starting a trial "radio-tagging" scheme at three of it's Canadian/US border crossings.

To quote:
They’ll have to carry the wireless devices as a way for border guards to access the electronic information stored inside a document about the size of a large index card.

Visitors to the U.S. will get the card the first time they cross the border and will be required the carry the document on subsequent crossings to and from the States.

Border guards will be able to access the information electronically from 12 metres away to enable those carrying the devices to be processed more quickly.

High-Tech Border Passes Raises Alarm (The Kingston-Whig Standard; Friday 29th July 2005)

Homeland Security Radio-Tags Foreign Visitors (Boing Boing; Sunday 31st July 2005)

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