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China To Start Issuing E-Passports

China will begin issuing electronic passports containing biometric information, such as fingerprints, to citizens on May 15. Officials said the new passports will better protect citizens’ personal data and national security. “In this way, no one can copy or use an e-passport that is lost or stolen,” Tang Lei, head of e-passport management for Beijing […]

US Hits Electronic Passport Milestone

The US Government Printing Office (GPO) announced this week that it has produced a total of 75 million electronic passports, and called the achievement “a milestone.” “This is a significant accomplishment for GPO and one more step forward in our long history of producing the passport for the Department of State,” said Acting Public Printer […]

Nearly 100 Countries Now Issue E-Passports

New statistics released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) say that nearly 100 countries around the globe are now issuing biometric e-passports. The ICAO is a United Nations agency that oversees international air travel. Its latest report shows not only that 93 out of 193 U.N. member states are currently issuing e-passports, but also […]

UK Airports Scrap Iris Scanners In Favour Of E-Passports

Six years after installing iris recognition scanners at several airports throughout the UK, the region’s border agency will scrap the technology in favour of electronic passports. Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS) terminals have already closed at the airports in Birmingham and Manchester, and the remaining terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick will be shut down after […]

St. Kitts and Nevis Introduces Electronic Passports

The government of St. Kitts and Nevis began issuing new electronic passports with heightened security features to citizens of the Carribean community this week. Electronic passports contain a small electronic chip – an RFID chip – embedded in the cover that contains key information about the passport carrier such as their name, gender, date of […]

40,000 E-Passports Already Issued in Canada

Though they won’t be available to the general public until next year, Passport Canada has already issued more than 40,000 new electronic passports to diplomats and government officials. These passports were issued as part of a pilot project that began in 2009 to test the features of Canada’s new e-passports, which, to date, have yielded […]

From First-Generation to Second-Generation E-Passports

Though over 170 countries currently use machine-readable electronic passports, the world has fallen behind the deadline sought by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to have every country using e-passports by April 2010. The ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that sets the standards for international air transport to ensure safe travels […]

Canada To Launch ePassports In 2012

Passport Canada announced this week they would be preparing themselves for the launch of electronic passports in 2012. Like many other electronic passports, the physical appearance of the passport will not change a whole lot. The biggest change comes in the form of a small electronic chip – an RFID chip – embedded in the […]

What are ePassports?

From news of the technologically advanced New Zealand passports, to the recent multi-million dollar contract awarded to Vancouver-based Fortress Paper to produce over two million ePassports over the next five years, the shift to electronic passports is happening on a global scale. What makes ePassports “electronic” is Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) – a small electronic device […]