Israel Pursues Biometric Database Requiring Facial Recognition, Fingerprints for All IDs
Debate over the biometrics program has lasted years and included multiple extensions of a pilot program which has taken in a sizable portion, though still a minority, of the country’s citizens.
JERUSALEM – Israel’s interior minister, Arye Deri, is supporting the push to mandate the joining of the national biometric database, including taking fingerprints and facial recognition pictures for all identity cards, according to a news report.
Still to be determined is whether Deri can gather a majority in the Knesset to make the requirement law, the Jerusalem Post reports. Every recent interior minister has supported the initiative, even as privacy rights advocates and some cyber experts have opposed it for fear of rampant hacking threats and invasion of privacy.
The debate has lasted years and included multiple extensions of a pilot program which has taken in a sizable portion, though still a minority, of the country’s citizens, according to the newspaper.
READ NEXT: Why It’s Time to Buy-In to Biometrics
Israelis who object to taking part in the database would still have their fingerprints and facial recognition picture taken, but it would only be connected to their ID smart card, not placed in the database. As a penalty of sorts, they would be required to renew their ID cards every five years instead of every 10 years.
The Movement for Digital Rights has vowed to continue fighting the initiative in the Knesset and even to petition the High Court of Justice to block making fingerprinting and facial recognition required if the Knesset passes the initiative into law, according to the newspaper.
If you enjoyed this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!
Security Is Our Business, Too
For professionals who recommend, buy and install all types of electronic security equipment, a free subscription to Security Sales & Integration is like having a consultant on call. You’ll find an ideal balance of technology and business coverage, with installation tips and techniques for products and updates on how to add sales to your bottom line.
A free subscription to the #1 resource for the residential and commercial security industry will prove to be invaluable. Subscribe today!