Date: December 06, 2012
Filed in: frontpage, news

News: Automated passport checks to be extended in Germany

The interior ministry of Germany announced that automated passport checks are to be extended to more airports

  • The system to be used is the EasyPass Gates system.
  • Travelers are automatically checked for height and a picture of their face is taken.
  • The picture then is checked against the electronic record stored in the passport, comparing the biometric features.
  • On biometric match, the passenger may pass without further contact with the border agents.
  • The core technologies used are biometric facial recognition and RFID of the passport.
  • No previous individual enrollment of the passenger is required.
  • After the system has been used in Frankfurt am Main, the airports of Hamburg, Berlin and Duesseldorf are to be added to the program.
  • The EasyPass system was developed by L1 Identity Solutions which is now part of Morpho, a subsidiary of the Safran S.A, a french multinational defense and aircraft technology provider.

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Date: December 01, 2012
Filed in: concepts, frontpage

No place to hide. Anonymity - Online and Offline - Part III

In this article we are going to explore how anonymity in the physical world is eroded through technologies and conventions that have been introduced over the last 30 years. Most people assume that their physical behavior is mostly disconnected from the world of bits and bytes, databases and surveillance (see part I on the Theory of Anonymity, and part II about Online Anonymity). Sadly, this increasingly proves to be an illusion.

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