SATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
New passports in coming years are expected to contain biometric information similar to what is already scanned when entering the US as a foreign national. Fingerprints, retinal scans, that sort of thing. Maybe DNA records eventually.
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1847 times:
I would also add that the electronic readable numbers on an American Passport can also bring up on a computer screen at USA Immigration (or whatever called now) checkpoints, your digital picture and personal info for that number to compare to the passport you are carrying, last time Passport scanned to see when left/entered the USA.
CORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1825 times:
Well first and for most, they are looking for your citizenship and if you can be allowed into the country based on citizenship only. Your passport could also alert them if they sense any irregularities with something you said and so on. Secondly, people on the no fly list would also come up based on the information from their passport. I do not think they log the date you entered and all that because they can not update your passport info right then and there.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 8023 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1720 times:
Thanks for the replies guys. The reason why I'm asking is because when they scan/swipe it, they stamp it and give it back to you fairly quickly. So I was just wondering how big of a database the computer has to go through to check for all the information, since it goes so quick.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5922 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
Quoting SATX (Reply 2): New passports in coming years are expected to contain biometric information similar to what is already scanned when entering the US as a foreign national. Fingerprints, retinal scans, that sort of thing. Maybe DNA records eventually.
And next? Implant everybody a GPS-tracking chip so Big Brother knows absolutely everthing about you???
Quoting Legacyins (Reply 6): As one who is in the business, it is not public information to know what is on the screens when the passport is queried.
AMSSpotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 271 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1533 times:
Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 9): And next? Implant everybody a GPS-tracking chip so Big Brother knows absolutely everthing about you???
I agree there definitely is a "scary" side to all of this.
On the other hand: if every citizen were to be required to surrender a DNA-sample plus fingerprints at an early age, a gigantic database would be created that could be very useful in order to sove all kinds of crimes (murder, rape, etc., etc.). In the current situation the problem often is that although people leave fingerprints, traces of semen and/or DNA at the scene of the crime, these pieces of evidence lead to nothing simply because the current databases contain limited amounts of data (only the data of people who have already committed a crime).
Kind of off-topic but still related to the subject of this thread