The Norwegian father, who ordered a passport for his little son, was surprised to find two passports instead of one in the mailbox of Stavanger’s family. Both were for others, but the child’s passport remains lost.
“I’m very worried about knowing my son’s passport is there, but I don’t know where it is,” Daniel Ege Lu told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) over the weekend. The passport that arrived at his parents’ house was for a woman in Bergen and another in eastern Norway. Meanwhile, a woman in Bergen received a passport issued to yet another woman living in Bærum, a suburb of Oslo.
Police are afraid that more newly issued passports were simply put in the wrong envelope by passport producer Thales, who has already been criticized for the significant delay in passport production. Norway was flooded with new passport requests this spring after Corona’s travel restrictions were relaxed. In addition to the passport renewal backlog, there are also thousands of new citizens who will eventually acquire dual citizenship rights in 2019 and are applying for a Norwegian passport.
The Norwegian police department was responsible for issuing passports and immediately determined that the error had occurred in Thales, but did not respond to NRK’s request for comment. “This happens from time to time,” police station Bjørn-Eirik Vandvik told the NRK, “but rarely.” It was unknown how many passports were sent to the wrong recipient, and there were all the security concerns associated with it.
Lars-Henrik Gundersen of the Norwegian Information Security Center (Norsis) told NRK: “It’s serious when a public agency like the police sends personal information to the wrong recipient.” Such information, especially of the recipient. personal number (Equivalent to a US Social Security number) can be used, for example, to open a bank account, borrow money, or register for a mobile phone subscription.
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