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  • All of the EU countries must start complying with the US demand that all EU passports must contain biometric data [helsinki-hs.net] by late next year. Any citizens of a country who doesn't comply has to appy for a visa for a trip of any length. You have to wonder what the US intends to do with this data. GATTACA may have been prescient rather than an entertaining futuristic fiction.

    Fingerprinting takes too long but the retinal scanners are still very expensive. Who knows if they'll even have the smartchip infrastructure av

    • maybe that's bush's plan: make it too inconvenient for terrorists to enter the country.

      "I can't afford a retinal scan, so I guess I'll blow something up in some other country"

      -matt
      (tounge in cheek)
      • by hfb (74) on 2003.05.20 5:32 (#20295) Homepage Journal

        unlikely. :) It'll just up the stakes for identity forgers around the world. Just wait until the biometrics database gets hacked. It'll have an even further negative effect on the travel industry, too. I'm sure yankees will see biometric data on their passports as soon as the external proof of concept works out.

        As a passport toting yankee I'm afraid to enter US airspace, especially with Jarkko, because police, irrational fear and guns generally make for a volatile and extremely uncomfortable environment...not to mention the ability to detain someone indefinitely without warrant. Why bother with the risk of going to the US if you don't absolutely have to? Terrorists, on the other hand, will find a way in if they are determined enough...and the war just gave them new religion.