IT to make more secure passports in Germany
The German government will use highly secure chips to make counterfeiting and
unauthorised use of its passports virtually impossible. The German Passport
Office intends to issue the new passports from November 2005.
In the new electronic passport, the printed information about the bearers
identity such as name, date of birth and photo, and the passports validity
period and number, will be stored encrypted on a chip. The chip will be developed
by Infineon Technologies AG.
Starting no later than March 2007, fingerprints of each of the bearers
index fingers will also be stored in an encrypted form. Current plans call for
the chip to be invisibly integrated in the front cover.