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Passports: Photographs

Home Office written question – answered on 11th July 2016.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken (a) to improve cyber security and (b) prevent hacking as part of proposals for members of the public to submit identification photographs for official documents to HM Passport Office using their own digital services.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HM Passport Office) digital passport service has been designed with both security and customer choice in mind and the department continues to put public protection at the heart of all new services offered. HM Passport Office is continuously evaluating new technologies and measures that will improve both security and customer service.

Digital photographs, submitted as part of the new digital passport service, are required to meet the exacting standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Photos are checked for compliance both through the system when uploaded and subsequently through the manual examination process.

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