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US Border Patrol Hasn’t Validated E-Passport Data For Years
2018-02-23T00:08:07Z - Lily Hay Newman / Wired
The chip stores your passport information—like name, date of birth, passport number, your photo, and even a biometric identifier—for quick, machine-readable border checks. That could theoretically be enough to slip into countries that allow all-electronic border checks, or even to get past a border patrol agent into the US. "The digital signature would provide that guarantee. The holdup doesn't surprise longtime border security observers. Without the ability to validate an e-Passport's signature, CBP is leaving an exposure that analysts say would cost somewhere in the low millions of dollars to solve.

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