Prague will anonymise RFID city cards

1. 8. 2006 | 12:42

Prague Deputy Mayor announced that following the presure of EDRI-member Iuridicum Remedium and the interpellation of the member of city parliament Petra Kolinska (Green Party) the city authorities decided that RFID chips in newly issued city cards will no longer contain personal data. This move is a reaction to the press conference Iuridicum Remedium held on 12 June2007. At the press conference cryptologist Tomás Rosa demonstrated that first and last name as well as date of birth of the owners of the newly issued city card can be easily read by any unauthorised person from a distance of a dozen centimeters even when carried in the purse or pocket. The NGO requested city authorities to stop the project of city card immediately or at least delete personal information from the chips. Multipurposed city card (named Open Card) containing RFID chip has been distributed since the beginning of this year to the Prague citizens. City authorities claim that citizens will be able to pay with the card for parking, use it in city library, ticket on public transport and as electronic signature for communication with the Town Hall. The city of Prague has invested in the new Open Card already more than 100 million crowns (approx. 3.2 million Euro) and want to distribute the first series of 50 000 cards to the citizens by Autumn. Municipality accommodated requests of data protection group (only in Czech, 28.07.2007) Open letter of Iuridicum Remedium to the municipality of Prague on Open Card (only in Czech, 15.06.2007) Universal card of prague citizens represents risk for data protection (only in Czech, 11.06.2007) Nomination for Big Brother Awards: Card of Prague´s municipality (only in Czech, 12.06.2007) (Contribution by Filip Pospisil - EDRI-member Iuridicum Remedium - Czech Republic)

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