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U.K. to issue biometric passports worldwide

The British government will equip its embassies and consulates with gear to issue biometric passports.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is spending 5 million pounds (about $8.7 million) to equip its embassies and consulates around the world with the technology to issue biometric passports. Biometric technology aims to prevent multiple passports from being issued to the same person under different identities.

One in 10 British passports is issued overseas, and the new Web-based Identity Document Issuance System aims to make sure these passports are as secure as those issued at home by the U.K. Passport Office, which is in the midst of a move to biometric passports. Technology company 3M will install new passport issuance systems that can identify biometric information at 104 embassies, consulates and high commissions.

Steve Ranger of reported from London. For the full story, click here.