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2-year warranty for e-passports
« on: February 08, 2007, 11:37:47 pm »
Saw this in Wednesday's Adver (7th Feb):

Microchips in Britain's new electronic passports only carry a two-year warranty, it was revealed today.

Parliamentary spending watchdogs voiced concerns that no one could predict how long the components would last in the documents, which are supposed to be valid for 10 years.

The Home Office's Identity and Passport Service has already issued four million of the new ePassports, which store the holder's photograph and biographical information which can be then read by an electronic scanner at border control.

A report by the National Audit Office said IPS was keeping the issue under review.

"Although it has been tested in laboratory conditions, the ability of the chip unit to withstand real life passport usage is unknown", it said.

"The chip units have a two-year warranty but British ePassports are intended to last 10 years."

It urged IPS to look at the possibility of negotiating a longer chip warranty with manufacturers.

The report said IPS signed a £92m contract with the supplier Security Printing and Systems Ltd to provide the chips.

Didn't know whether to  ;D or  :'(!


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