Many times in this space I’ve ranted about various plans to use RFID (radio frequency identification) to tag human beings as well as inanimate objects.

That includes new passport documents from our State Department, which they promise are secure since our information can only be read at close range by the devices used by their agents.

Except that someone with a home-made reader and a little knowledge has already demonstrated it’s not true.

Now the state of Michigan has an agreement with the federal government to put them in driver’s licenses.

Fortunately, one Congress critter is calling foul on the deal.

The new licenses would contain an unencrypted RFID chip that would contain a new unique citizen ID number that could be wirelessly read through both wallets and walls at distances of 30 feet.

Michigan entering into a federal agreement to put unencrypted, long range RFID computer chips into our driver’s licenses presents a huge privacy risk with very little benefit. I don’t think we need RFID in our licenses period, but even if we did, there is absolutely no reason it couldn’t be short range and encrypted.

These days it doesn’t require a lot of data to steal a person’s identity.

We certainly don’t need the government making it easier to obtain it.