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First UK E-Passports Issued

Feb 21, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

The first U.K. electronic passports have been issued, and they include a chip that stores personal information, CNET reports.

The U.K.’s Home Office said the passports are currently being issued by the Foreign Office in Washington, D.C., CNET reports.  E-passports are expected to be issued within the U.K. in April.

At first, some travelers will receive passports with a biometric facial image and others will get one with an existing digital identification, according to CNET

U.K. citizens don’t need to exchange their current passports for e-passports until the ones they have expire, according to CNET

Starting in 2007, adults applying for a first-time passport in the U.K. will need to confirm their identities in an interview with U.K. authorities, CNET reports.

For more on biometrics and biometric identification cards, read Biometrics by Fire and The Access Control Race.

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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.

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