Passport & Visas

This section reports on the latest developments - both technical and market-related - in the world of ePassports, visas and related standards and specifications…

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Standards group seeks biometric passport comments 21 September 2018

The International Standardisation committee on Biometrics Working Group 3 (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 WG3) is seeking comments after taking the decision to promote a new draft standard.

Planet Biometrics joins international ID coalition 13 September 2018

Planet Biometrics, a sister publication of Security Document World, has joined an international coalition calling for the recognition of September 16 as International Identity Day.

India to hold passport issuance tender 03 September 2018

India's Ministry of External Affairs is seeking new bids for its passport issuance programme, according to local media.

New Italian national eID card goes live 31 August 2018

The new Italian national eID card, launched in major cities in 2016, is now being rolled out to the rest of the country.

Thai FM to cancel ePassport bidding 22 August 2018

Thailand's Foreign Ministry has had to cancel bidding for an ePassport contract as only one company was involved.

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Apple eyes up replacing passports with iPhones 16 August 2018

A new Apple patent reveals plans that could let you store your passport on your mobile phone.

Kentucky creates travel ID for airline travel 15 August 2018

The US state of Kentucky plans to create a Voluntary Travel ID license in 2019.

Telegram launches passport and ID function 03 August 2018

Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service, launched its new ‘Passport’ feature this week, a unified identification authorization method integrated directly into the platform. 

UK hints at Brexit eGate changes 02 August 2018

Senior UK officials have said European travellers can no longer use its eGates following the exit from Europe.

Germany and Bangladesh seal ePassport deal 19 July 2018

Bangladesh and Germany on Thursday signed a government-to-government agreement on e-passport following the government’s decision to issue electronic passports alongside the machine readable passports (MRP) for the citizens of the country. 

Veridos chosen for Bangladesh ePassport deal 16 July 2018

German firm Veridos has got the job of preparing about 20 million ePassports and providing other related services for Bangladesh at a cost of around Tk 3,339 crore ($400 million), reports Bangladeshi media.

Cryptomathic signer achieves eIDAS certification 10 July 2018

Cryptomathic’s remote qualified eSignature solution, Signer, has achieved eIDAS certification.

Irish govt says biometric data reference in privacy policy was ‘in error’ 06 July 2018

Ireland's Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has said a reference to processing biometric data on individuals included in its new privacy statement was an error and that public services cards do not store biometrics.

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White paper: Gemalto - The paper elements of a passport

An expert’s guide to using the paper elements of a passport.

White paper: Slovakia prototypes mobile electronic identification (MeID) solution

Empowering e-government by shifting to smart cards is accelerating the arrival of a new era of mobile identity and electronic documents.

HID Global - Mobile ID solutions for government-to-citizen applications

Citizen ID documents such as national IDs and driver licenses will ultimately follow the trend toward mobility.

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