Biometric Privacy Trade-off Exposed in Missing Jet's Passports

The pages of a new biometric passport are stitched together at a printing plant in Belgrade Photograph by Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, governments have presented citizens with a trade-off they couldn’t refuse: Surrender your data and dignity in exchange for some security. The arrangement has ranged from phone surveillance to airport shoe removal. And at every turn, privacy advocates have raised the alarm that individuals are getting the raw end of the deal.

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