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There has been an increasing trend within the halls of power, to incorporate RFID or NFC technology into important documents such as passports and driver's licenses.
Biometric data is far more easily validated when it is stored in electronic form and can be exchanged with a data terminal through some form of contactless communications and the "theory" is that such authentication data is much harder to alter or fake if it's stored on a piece of silicon.
In some places, there is even a push to put all the "important stuff" on your smartphone. This would then allow you to buy stuff, cross borders and validate your identity simply by presenting your phone to the relevant authority.
Or maybe, just maybe, all you'll need to authenticate your identity in future is your Facebook homepage.
Okay, I'm kidding -- but perhaps the US government isn't.
In the United States, there's an initiative underway, driven largely by the Department of Homeland Security, that would require all visitors to the country to declare their social media presences as they cross the border.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
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