California makes it a crime to 'skim' RFID tags

PCWorld, October 7, 2008

California has become the second state to pass a law making it illegal to steal data from radio frequency identification cards. The law sets a penalty that includes a maximum fine of $1,500 and up to a year in prison for someone convicted of surreptitiously reading information from an RFID card. The bill makes exceptions for certain emergency situations, such as permitting a healthcare worker to scan someone's RFID-enabled health card in order to help the person.


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