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Security Has an Eye on You Thanks to Biometric Passports

If you have a new US passport, you take information about your iris, earlobe, structure of your face, or the size of your eye sockets with you every time you cross a border. The new passports store biometric data on a chip, which can be used to authenticate identity.


NPR reports that officials believe the new documents mark a major advance for border security, especially as more countries adopt the "ePassports." So far about 70 countries issue them. Unfortunately, the current technology isn't perfect. Face recognition might miss a fake or accuse an innocent.

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