UK Passport Photo Checker Shows Bias Against Women with Darker Skin
- Women with darker skin are more than twice as likely to be told their photos fail UK passport rules when they submit them online than lighter-skinned men, according to a BBC investigation
- One black student said she was wrongly told her mouth looked open each time she uploaded five different photos to the government website
- This shows how “systemic racism” can spread, Elaine Owusu said
- The Home Office said the tool helped users get their passports more quickly
- “The indicative check [helps] our customers to submit a photo that is right the first time,” said a spokeswoman
- “Over nine million people have used this service and our systems are improving.
- “We will continue to develop and evaluate our systems with the objective of making applying for a passport as simple as possible for all”