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17-10-2006, 01:38   #1
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Biometric passports

Piece on Irish biometric passports on Sky News this evening. "Concerns" are mentioned but in passing, and no mention is made of security precautions. I realise it's Sky, but still. So, are security precautions included in these passports? What connectivity method do they use? Is encryptions used in storage, and transmission?

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17-10-2006, 13:54   #2
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I'm not 100% sure but they are most likey RFID with some form of public key crypto.

Wikipedia Biometric Passport entry.
ICAO Machine Readable Travel Documents website.
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Any mention of how they actually work is notably absent from the PR bumpf on the forein affairs site, save for a mention of "preventing electronic eavesdropping", which would seem to indicate that there's a signal which can (theoretically) be intercepted.

Electricnews.net report describes them as "contactless".

RFID is a four letter word
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Engadget mentions them being "sheildless" http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/23/i...d-e-passports/
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slashdot.org: British "Secure" Passports Cracked
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