— CIA’s Secret Fear: High-Tech Border Checks Will Blow Spies’ Cover —
…the increasing use of biometric passports, which are embedded with microchips containing a person’s face, sex, fingerprints, date and place of birth, and other personal data, are increasingly replacing the old paper ones. For a clandestine field operative, flying under a false name could be a one-way ticket to a headquarters desk, since they’re irrevocably chained to whatever name and passport they used.
The measures that we’ve developed to aid our spies at home are hampering them abroad.
There’s two solutions, I think.
The boring one: Closer cooperation between intelligence agencies.
The other one: Counter-biometric disguises.