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  • 2006: ePassports were rolled out nationally. These are the first `biometric' passports: they contain a chip with key personal details and the photograph of the bearer (as already printed in the passport) stored on it. They cannot be changed, but can be read electronically at borders both here and abroad. By the end of 2006, we will have issued four million ePassports.

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As Bob Blakley put it:

"The motivation for putting biometrics into passports is that better identification will help in "the war on terror". If the problem in the war on terror were preventing known terrorists from crossing national borders at official checkpoints using genuine passports issued in their own names, biometric passports might help........How much taxpayer money are you willing to spend on biometric passports before you know whether you believe this or not?"
(from Ceci n'est pas un Bob-

Posted by William on 2007-01-21 15:36:04.
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