Selfies to be submitted for passport pics? Yep!
02 February 2015, 08:19
Cape Town – Whether you love them, loathe them or don’t really care about them at all, the selfie is a photography trend that’s here to stay.
So much so, that certain official documents may soon feature selfies, instead of professional ID photos.
Daily Mail reports that from mid-July onward, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will allow citizens to submit selfies taken with their smartphones for use on new international passport cards.
These cards will apparently allow holders to travel throughout the European Union without having to carry their actual passports.
Applications for the card can either be done online or using a smartphone app at a cost of €35.
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According to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, this will be the first time self-taken photographs will be accepted for official documents.
However, strict rules do apply. Yahoo reports that the selfies can only be taken using a government sanctioned photography app and, sorry for all the Instagram fans out there, but #nofilter applies.
Facial recognition technology will be used to detect any typical selfie-shenanigans, such as pouts, photo-bombs or masks.
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