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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
  Passport Photos
The Home Office claim that their automated systems can recognise a 4 year old from photographs of that 4 year old with their mouth closed and eyes open when they were 2 weeks old.

I accept the argument that babies should have passports (although we coped for centuries with children travelling on their parents' passports). However, I cannot believe that it is necessary to be as picky about the photograph of the child.

In the mean time over 13% of passport applications are rejected because of the photo not satisfying the government's new conditions.
 
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In theory, that's correct.

However, the proof is lacking. The system has enough problems with adults, let alone growing children. Tests suggest that photo matching is only accurate 40-60% of the time.

I'll keep saying it - this isn't going to work.
 
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