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Homeland Security ID cards equipped with RFID and Bluetooth

DAC cards

RFID tags aren't just for kids anymore — they'll be coming standard in the electronic ID cards carried by Washington, D.C.'s Department of Homeland Security workers as of May. The ID card, imaginatively dubbed the Department of Homeland Security Access Card (DAC), will enable workers to gain access to secure areas, log on to government computers, and pay their Metro fares (what else?). Each DAC will be outfitted with a record of the bearer's biometric data (read: fingerprint) that can be read by card readers installed on DHS computers (peep creepy card reader-enabled Powerbook at right). The cards will also have Bluetooth capabilities, which will undoubtedly raise the hacker hysteria quotient, and perhaps even merit a spurious media association with Paris Hilton.

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