European country forbids its citizens from smiling for passport photos

Sidney Markowitz sidney at
Sat Sep 17 17:25:54 EDT 2005

New Zealand did this earlier this year, as part of giving in to pressure 
from the US to have passports with biometric information.

Here is a press release of last June from the NZ Green Party's Human 
Rights spokesperson. A quote from it "Most people arriving in our fair 
land have smiles on their faces and there is nothing wrong with having 
passport photos to match"

  -- Sidney Markowitz

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