I read about this a week or so ago and meant to post it, but forgot until just now. Did you know that as of this year, all passports issued by the US State Department will include an always-on radio frequency identification (RFID) chip to make it easier for officials, or hackers, to get your personal stats?
If this bothers you, and it has ircked many privacy groups and individuals, you can disable the new chips once you get your new passport.
It appears that all you need to is locate the distinctive logo on the front cover as the chip is embedded in the back of it. Once located, simply hit it with a blunt hard object, such as a hammer, and the RFID chip will be disabled.
Please note that a nonworking RFID doesn’t invalidate the passport, so you will still be able to use after disabling the chip.