Biometric Data

Home Department written question – answered on 16th March 2005.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Scottish National Party, Angus

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1310W, on Biometric Data, if he will list the identifiers that will be held digitally on the chip in the ePassport.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

In compliance with ICAO requirements, the chip will hold a facial image of the passport holder. This facial image will be derived from the applicant's photo submitted at time of application and will be stored in accordance with ICAO and ISO standards.

Additional information will include that which is currently shown on the personal details page of the passport, namely name, nationality, date of birth, sex, place of birth, date of issue/expiry and passport number.

The chip will also contain a digital security signature to authenticate the encoded data and that the passport was issued by UK Passport Service.

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