Biometric passports fail early privacy tests

Wednesday, 5 January 2005, 9:58 AM EST

Federal officials, eager to step up controls on people entering the United States, are preparing to issue Americans passports with embedded personal and face-recognition data. It's a good plan to fight terrorists--but poorly executed, it will put your privacy at risk.

The federal Department of Homeland Security spent the past six months testing biometric passport prototypes and wants to roll out the new technology as soon as possible.

By Andrew Brandt at PC World.

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