The Ministry of Public Security in China announced the country will start to issue a new type of passport bearing an electronic chip containing the holder’s personal information, according to the China Daily.
China will make the new digital passports available from May 15, and will look similar to traditional ones with the addition of the electronic chip. The chip itself will contain information such as the person’s name, date of birth, photo, and fingerprints.
The new passports will also feature anti-counterfeiting technologies, such as special printing ink, laser signs, holographic film and digital signatures. Data can only be extracted through decoding devices implemented by China’s border control and local authorities.
Under preparation for three years, the ministry hopes the new passports will help improve the safety of Chinese passports and effectively prevent counterfeiting as citizen’s travel abroad.
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