Direct Communications Unit
Mr David Moss
Reference: T19669/8 and 10178
18 September 2008
Dear Mr Moss,
Thank you for your email of 21 August 2008 in which you ask for information
in relation to the trial of automated face recognition technologies at
UK airports, which we are treating as an Freedom of Information request.
In addition, you may be aware that since the publication of that study,
there has been agreement on an international standard for photographic
images used in the new generation of passports (ISO/IEC 19794-5:2005+A1:2007).
The introduction of such e-passports envisaged the application of one-to-one
biometric matching in border control.
In keeping with the spirit and effect of the Freedom of Information Act, all information is assumed to be releasable to the public unless exempt. The department therefore, will be simultaneously releasing to the public the information you requested together with any related information that will provide a key to its wider context.
If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review of our handling of your request by submitting your complaint to one of the addresses below and quote reference case register no. 10178
Information Policy Team
During the independent review the department's handling of your information request will be reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. Should you remain dissatisfied after this internal review, you will have a right of complaint to the Information Commissioner as established by section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.