RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a wireless technology that stores and retrieves information remotely. It has been used for over 30 years and can be found in many car keys and bank cards. In Canada, RFID technology has been used in border crossing cards, such as NEXUS and FAST cards, since 1995.
RFID technology is a U.S. requirement for enhanced identification cards that will be accepted under new U.S. border crossing rules. The Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card (EIC) contains an RFID chip to meet this requirement
The Manitoba EIC is voluntary. If you’re thinking about applying for one, you should read the Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card Applicant’s Guide first. You can pick up a copy at your local Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or view it online at www.mpi.mb.ca.
If you have concerns about using a card that contains an RFID chip, you may wish to obtain a passport. However, even if you use a passport, once your personal information is shared with U.S. Border Crossing Information system and retained for 75 years.
Manitoba and Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information retained by the U.S. government and its agencies. For more information see the Protecting Your Privacy brochure, available at your local Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or online at www.mpi.mb.ca.