Here is another example to show your government doesn't give shit about you(r privacy).
This emulator applet allows you to create a backup of your own passport chip(s).related stories (aug 2008):
This enables an attacker to create a Passport with an
altered Picture, Name, DoB, Nationality and other credentials.
The manipulated information is displayed without any alarms going off.
The exploitation of this loophole is trivial and can be verified using
Regardless how good the intention of the government might have been, the
facts are that tested implementations of the ePassports Inspection System
are not secure.
‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes - Times Online http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4467106.eceAs for me, i'm staying away from any form of electronic ID system.
Device 'steals chip-and-pin data' http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7557956.stm