After clear criticism, the Union faction is considering defusing the new passport photo regulation presented by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). "One possibility could be to certify photographers for the corresponding pictures and to establish a secure transmission method," said parliamentary group Thorsten Frei (CDU) to the editorial network Germany.
It is about security and "certainly not the displacement of photographers from the passport photo business". The draft of the Interior Ministry so far stipulates that photos for a passport or ID card can only be taken at the responsible authority in the future. The reason is the fear of image manipulation.
So-called morphing should be prevented
Specifically, it's about so-called morphing. Several photos are merged to form a single face. "If a photo on the passport is manipulated in this way, not only the passport holder, but possibly also a third person whose facial features are included in the passport photo can use the passport to cross the border," the draft says.
Photo dealers criticize the project sharply and fear loss of millions. Freely emphasized, one is open to alternative suggestions from the photographer branch.