Friday, November 24, 2006

Passports and ID cards


Apparently three million Britons have already been issued with the new hi-tech passport, designed to frustrate terrorists and fraudsters although frankly I find this total somewhat amazing given that I renewed mine earlier this year specifically to avoid the new type for as long as possible.

According to this article in the Technology Guardian the new passport is about as secure as the proverbial chocolate fireguard. The new passports incorporate tiny microchips to store the holder's details and a digital description of their physical features. These techno wizards were able to extract all the data from the chip using just the information printed on the passport.

And they say the data on ID cards will be secure!

1 comment:

Nicola said...

I am the proud owner of one of these chocolate fireguards - it arrived two days ago - just in time for our Paris trip.

Comes with a whole list of instructions about where and how to keep it safe - no magnets etc.