The US Department of State (DoS) is continuing its phased approach to the issuance of new electronic passports. On
To address privacy concerns, the DOS has incorporated an anti-skimming device in the passport’s front cover. Also included is basic access control (BAC) technology. According to DOS, the anti-skimming device and the BAC technology, when taken together, will mitigate unauthorized reading of the biometric-based ePassport.
According to a statement released DOS, the Department plans to issue the first full validity US ePassports to the American public later this year and plans to issue ePassports at all domestic passport agencies by the end of 2006.
The Department of State told SDW: “Once testing has ended and a final passport configuration that meets the security and privacy needs of our citizens has been completed, electronic passports will be phased in at all 16 passport issuance locations in the domestic