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Stop smiling!

This is annoying. As of today, Brits will not be able to smile on their passport photos. All new passports and renewals will require you to have a “neutral expression”, as smiling can disrupt the operation of facial scanners which match you to the biometric data that will be in future passports.
Although my current passport is fine until early next year, I’m in the process of renewing it now, and just had some photos of me taken smiling. You can see the current photo here (scroll down) which, as well as being awful, would also be fine under the new guidelines. But, alas, I look somewhat older now and so the photo needs to change. Thankfully I haven’t sent the application off yet, but it’s annoying that I’ll need to get my photo taken again.
Link via Fark.
Update: Link to the official press release in case you’re like me and take anything that the Evening Standard says with a pinch of salt.

4 Comments

  1. I Thought Great Britain Was a Democratic Nation

    This is hilarious. If you want a passport from Great Britain, you are not allowed to SMILE …

  2. I’m glad I saw that, need to renew my passport this month!!!!

  3. I Thought G.B. Was a Democratic Nation

    This is hilarious. If you want a passport from Great Britain, you are not allowed to SMILE for your passport photo