As early as next year, Canadians who apply for passports will receive documents with chips that contain digital images and personal information such as names and dates of birth, which is raising concerns about privacy and identity theft. The Montreal Gazette reports that Passport Canada believes e-passports will increase security, but the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) continues to be very interested in this issue and is expecting an update on the plan in the weeks ahead. "We plan to look at that report carefully to determine whether or not we have any outstanding concerns or questions from a privacy perspective," said Anne-Marie Hayden of the OPC.

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