30 AUGUST 2010
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THE BRITISH HOME OFFICE is to issue a new ten-year passport from October. Pages will contain well-known UK scenes, including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, Ben Nevis and the Giant’s Causeway. Enhanced security features include moving the chip which stores the passport holder’s details to the inside of the passport cover where it won’t be visible. This gives additional physical protection as well as making it much harder to replace the chip without damage to the passport cover being detected. A secondary image of the passport holder will be printed onto the observations page which includes several holograms to protect the holder's personal details. The whole idea is to keep ahead of criminals who look to fraudulently alter or copy passports. The new passport will replace the current UK ePassport, which came out in 2006. www.homeoffice.gov.uk
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