“Simitian’s bill would prohibit identity documents created or issued by the state containing computer chips that can be read remotely. Identity documents include driver’s licenses, ID cards, student ID cards, health insurance or benefits cards, professional licenses, and library cards.
It makes some exceptions to the ban, allowing the use of electronic IDs for prisoners and newborns in hospitals. It would also permit government workers to use them to access secured areas. The bill would make any surreptitious gleaning of data from RFID chips, government-issued or otherwise, a misdemeanor punishable by up a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.”
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