Budapest Declaration on Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs)

By failing to implement an appropriate security architecture, European governments have effectively forced their citizens to adopt new international Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs) which dramatically decrease security and privacy and increase the risk of identity theft. Put simply, the current implementation of the European passport uses technologies and standards that are poorly conceived for its purpose. In this declaration, styled at its Budapest meeting in September 2006, researchers from the FIDIS Network of Excellence set out their assessment of MRTDs and their recommendations for adoption by governments and industry alike.

The Budapest Declaration in various languages: