As my readers know, I don't much like e-Passports. I don't understand what their benefit is supposed to be, and I certainly don't want people scanning my passport remotely, without my knowing. Today it has been revealed that the chip in the passport (10-year validity) has only a 2-year life. An article in The Register also claims the chip is too small to hold the necessary data and operating system to support two fingerprints. What a surprise.