I'm in the process of renewing my US passport. The renewal form has a space for my email address. Will the email address end up on the passport? Will the email address end up on the RFID chip in the passport? Is there an obvious down side to providing my email address to the passport authorities?
Any information you provide on your passport renewal form can be given to any government agency, foreign government, corporation or private individual, who can then use it for "approved routine uses", meaning basically anything the Feds feel like. From the "Privacy Act Statement" in the application:
You don't have to provide your email:
But if you do, the one benefit is that they can use it to contact you:
Then again, they can also call or mail you if there's a problem, so the upside seems pretty limited.