E-passports need more anti-forgery measures, says senators

For more than a decade, US border control agents haven’t been using the incorrect software in order to verify e-passports, according to two US senators.

Missouri senator, Claire McCaskill, and Oregan senator, Ron Wyden, announced that e-passports aren’t properly authenticated as the data on them cannot be checked.

Furthermore, they have asked US customs officials to change this, as it is impossible to know if they have been tampered with or not.

Wyden and McCaskill wrote in a leter: “CBP has been aware of this security lapse since at least 2010, when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report highlighting the gap in technology.

“Eight years after that publication, CBP still does not possess the technological capability to authenticate the machine-readable data in e-passports.”

According to the BBB, anti-forgery measures in e-passports have never been implemented.

Written by Leah Alger