New Approaches for Security, Privacy and Trust in Complex Environments

Volume 232 of the series IFIP International Federation for Information Processing pp 467-472

An analysis of security and privacy issues relating to RFID enabled ePassports

  • Eleni KostaAffiliated withK.U.Leuven, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT
  • , Martin MeintsAffiliated withIndependent Centre for Privacy Protection
  • , Marit HansenAffiliated withIndependent Centre for Privacy Protection
  • , Mark GassonAffiliated withDepartment of Cybernetics, University of Reading


The European Union sees the introduction of the ePassport as a step towards rendering passports more secure against forgery while facilitating more reliable border controls. In this paper we take an interdisciplinary approach to the key security and privacy issues arising from the use of ePassports. We further analyse how European data protection legislation must be respected and what additional security measures must be integrated in order to safeguard the privacy of the EU ePassport holder.