ANTI-SKIMMING LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES

Washington State’s anti-skimming legislation was passed in February 2008 and became effective in July 2008. The law makes it a felony to scan a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tag belonging to another without that person’s consent and to use the data for an illegal purpose, including fraud, identity theft, or stalking. In October 2008, California followed Washington State and enacted similar legislation.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the penalties for skimming in Washington and California?
What has been the reaction of the United Kingdom Passport Office to these developments?
What developments are on the horizon for anti-skimming legislation in 2009?

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