Fraud fears over new selfie pass­port pho­tos

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

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.

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