Those new super-secure UK passports? Not so secure

“…we have just sucked out all the supposedly secure data and biometric information from three new passports and displayed it all on a laptop computer. [The government] are … breaking one of the fundamental principles of encryption by using non-secret information actually published in the passport to create a ‘secret key’. That is the equivalent of installing a solid steel front door to your house and then putting the key under the mat.”