Fraud fears over new selfie passport photos
THE Home Office has been slammed for allowing selfies to be used for passport photos.
Labour peers fear the new system makes forgery and fraud far easier.
Lord Harris said: “The passport is the gold standard as far as identity assurance is concerned.” And party whip Lord Tunnicliffe added: “Digital photos are much easier to manipulate and the possibility of fraud arises.”
But Home Office minister Baroness Williams defended the system, saying: “A selfie that does not meet security standards is rejected in the examination process. System developments will enhance security and keep ahead of any evolving threats of fraud.”
The UK joined the US and New Zealand allowing people to take their own photos for new digitised passport application forms. The online service was introduced last April and is only available to those aged 26 and over renewing passports.