[LINK] Australia to trial cloud passports in world-first move

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Oct 31 08:39:04 AEDT 2015

On 29/10/15 09:45, Jan Whitaker wrote:

> ... does this make any sense at all in terms of international roll-out?

No, but it is a good way to put some spin on what is already happening. 
Border posts already consult lists of who should, and should not, enter 
a country and accept identity documents other than passports. Calling 
this a "cloud passport" makes it sound new and high tech.

Some countries allow credit card size identity documents or a driver's 
license to be used in place of a passport. There is a United States 
Passport Card: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Passport_Card

Australians can be issued with an APEC Business Travel Card, but this is 
currently used along with a passport: 

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