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Could Every Israeli Soon Be Obligated to Get a Biometric ID?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:15 am
by Ready1
Could Every Israeli Soon Be Obligated to Get a Biometric ID?
Interior Minister Gilad Erdan to advance legislation to phase the entire country into a biometric ID system to prevent fraud.

By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 4/13/2015, 4:55 PM

Israel is one step closer to a national biometric identification system Monday, after outgoing Interior Minister Gilad Erdan announced that he would be advancing legislation to make a nationwide - and mandatory - switch to the system.

The Biometric Database Law mandating collection of fingerprints and facial contours from all Israeli residents - and integrated in domestic ID cards and national passports - was actually passed by the Knesset in December 2009.

The same law mandated creation of a biometric government database of that information, to be used for management of access control, identification of individuals and to assist in locating individuals suspected of criminal activity by the law enforcement officials.

The law was passed in part to prevent identity theft and the loss, theft and destruction of the flimsy blue ID cards issued by the Interior Ministry, which had spiraled out of control in the decade prior to 2007. It was later revealed that more than half of those requesting new documents had a criminal background.