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Biometric ID Will Be Added to US Passports

U.S. passports to get ID chips: The State Department will be testing machine readable passports, incorporating facial scanning for U.S. citizens, this fall, with plans for wider implementation in 2005. DHS Secretary Ridge and Sec. of State Powell recently requested a two-year extension for 27 countries who had been required to meet a “October 26, 2004, deadline for having machine-readable passports with biometric indicators.”

  • See also OECD Working Party on information security and privacy: Biometric-based technologies, April 28, 2004. (pdf, 66 pages)
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