Microsoft has released new biometrical passports, with a biometric scanning capability to replace the Canadian Passport, and the company says the new passports will be accepted in Canada by October.
Microsoft said the new biographic passports, which are expected to be issued in September, are compatible with existing biometrials and will be “the best biometric options for travellers.”
Microsoft said they can be used with existing passports that have been scanned, and that they can also be used to verify that people in the United States are who they say they are.
According to Microsoft, the new passport is a first for Microsoft, but that doesn’t mean it’s the first time they’ve used biometric technology to issue biometric biometries.
In December, Microsoft released its biometric scanner for Windows Phone 8, and it also said it had a biometrid for the iPhone and Android.
Microsoft has also announced that it’s developing a biographic passport for its Xbox One, but it’s unclear when that could be launched.
Microsoft’s latest biometric-based passport announcement comes at a time when Canadians are starting to get more use of biometric technologies like biometics for passport and driver’s licenses.
In Canada, the use of digital fingerprints and iris scans for driver’s license and passport has been the norm since the 1990s.
In a blog post Monday, Microsoft said it’s “committed to making our biometric passports the best options for our customers.”
It says they can only be used in Canada and are currently only being used for travellers who want to take advantage of the new technology.
The announcement comes as Canadian lawmakers and privacy advocates are pressuring the government to pass legislation that would make it easier for people to use biometrs for passports.
Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has said he’s not sure the country has enough biometric data to support that bill, and privacy groups have been pushing for a stronger law.