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Volume 11 |Article ID 403876 |

Ioannis Vakalis, "Privacy and Biometric Passports", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 11, Article ID 403876, 12 pages, 2011.

Privacy and Biometric Passports

Academic Editor: Fotini-Niovi Pavlidou
Received08 Oct 2010
Revised07 Dec 2010
Accepted04 Jan 2011


This work deals with privacy implications and threats that can emerge with the large-scale use of electronic biometric documents, such the recently introduced electronic passport (e-Passport). A brief introduction to privacy and personal data protection is followed by a presentation of the technical characteristics of the e-Passport. The description includes the digital data structure, and the communication and reading mechanisms of the e-Passport, indicating the possible points and methods of attack.

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