Contributed by Joanne Kelleher
The Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill on February 12, 2008 that would make it a felony to steal information from RFID cards.
Bill HB 1031 – Changing provisions concerning electronic devices – would make it a class C felony to intentionally skim information from RFID-enabled identity cards for fraud or identity theft. The legislation provides exemptions for health care givers and emergency responders. Unlike the California State Senate bill that was recently approved, there is no exception for unintentional skimming.
The bill now moves to the Washington State Senate.
This Information Week article provides more details – http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=206600006.
Update: This bill was amended by the Washington Senate and then signed into law by the Governor on March 25th. The bill now states “A person that intentionally scans another person’s identification device remotely, without that person’s prior knowledge and prior consent, for the purpose of fraud, identity theft, or for any other illegal purpose, shall be guilty of a class C felony.”