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David Molnar – Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Security and Privacy

Thursday, December 11, 2008
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Food and discussion begins at 12:30 pm. Everyone invited.

David Molnar will describe his experiences with public discussion of radio frequency identification (RFID) security and privacy. He will discuss library uses of RFID, with a focus on the San Francisco and Berkeley public libraries. The decision to use RFID in these libraries met with a large amount of public discussion, including public fora held by the libraries to address privacy issues. Based on work with David Wagner, David Molnar served as a technical expert in these fora, and participated in panel discussions at librarian conferences on these issues.

David will also discuss RFID in the identity of documents, starting with e-passports, where his paper with Ari Juels and David Wagner formed part of an official comment to the U.S. State Department by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He will then talk about working with the EFF, the ACLU, and California State Senator Joseph Simitian on a series of bills about RFID in identity documents, describing some of the technology demonstrations, deliberations, and policy discussions around these bills. To date, at least three bills have been passed by the California legislature as a result of this ongoing work, one signed and two vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.


David Molnar is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, degree expected Spring 2009. His work centers on privacy, cryptography, and computer security, advised by David Wagner. Most recently, he has been interested in RFID privacy, and in applying constraint solvers to finding software bugs at scale. He is a previous National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and Intel Open Collaboration Research Graduate Fellow.