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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.

Comments

PoliticalHack said…
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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