Coming Soon to Borders: E-Passports

Immigration officials say they'll keep you safer, but civil libertarians say they put privacy at risk

You know that dog-eared passport sitting in a drawer? Get ready to say goodbye. It's the last of its kind. Since mid-August, U.S. immigration authorities have been issuing tourists a new breed of high-tech passport that includes hard-to-crack electronic chips loaded with an encrypted digital version of the carrier's identity. And as goes the U.S., so go 27 other nations, which have to adopt the new standard in order to maintain the right of visa-free entry into the U.S.

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