I don't think this is that much of a surprise to anyone...
E-passport security flaw allows remote ID of nationality
Security researchers have discovered a technique for reliably detecting the presence and nationality of a nearby e-passport.
Security precautions ought to prevent unauthorised access to data held on a next-generation e-passport. But a trio of researchers from Lausitz University of Applied Sciences, Germany and Radboud University, in The Netherlands, have shown that its trivial to at least remotely detect the presence of a passport and determine its nationality.