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Washington House Follows California in Bill to Outlaw RFID Skimming

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.

HB 1031: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1031&year=2007

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.”

1 Comment

  1. Mike Ahmadi on March 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    This is really mindboggling. So to address the problem of skimming RFID information they pass a law making it illegal. Why did’nt I think of that ? Think of all the terrible things we can stop by making them illegal. Terrorism, rape, armed robbery….what? Those are already illegal ? How dare those criminals ignore the law !!! Just who do they think they are ?

    Incredible!