Another good reason to renew your passport soon, get an RFID wallet, or pop your passport in the microwave for a few seconds.
British newspaper The Guardian reports that it was able to access the data stored on RFID cards in Britain?s newly launched smart passports in as little as 48 hours. On the other hand, the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) says there isn?t enough information contained within New Zealand’s passports? chips to create counterfeit travel documents.
DIA passport manager David Philp confirms that it is possible to access the information stored on the RFID chips and use it to make a clone. However, the RFID chip in the e-passports currently issued in New Zealand is just one security feature out of more than 50 contained in the passport.