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Adding an On/Off Device to Activate the RFID in Enhanced Driver's Licences: Pioneering a Made-in-Ontario Transformative Technology That Delivers Both Privacy and Security

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Executive Summary

There are well-known privacy and security vulnerabilities associated with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. So when the author learned that the inclusion of an RFID would be a non-negotiable feature of Ontario's Enhanced Driver's Licence (EDL), the author's first thought was, "How can one transform the RFID into a technology that performs its functionality and is protective of privacy?" The RFID technology chosen by the U.S. Government for the EDL will respond not only to the authorized readers at the Canada-U.S. border, but also to any number of commercially available RFID readers which may be used surreptitiously. Therefore, it is imperative that holders of an EDL be able to prevent the RFID from being read by unauthorized third parties and disengage the RFID when not required for border-crossing purposes.

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