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New Passports Able To Hold More Data

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

September 14, 2012

New passports to be released next spring will be able to hold much more personal data on a larger range of information, causing concern for some that the data may be misused, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Jim Marriott, chief of International Civil Aviation Organization’s Aviation Security Branch, says that while today’s passports have a strip containing certain data, the chip in the new ones is “capable of storing a lot more information about who I am,” adding, "The range of information is virtually unlimited, but that will be up to each individual state to select the information on the chip." The change is part of global efforts to strengthen airport security.
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