Knesset Passes Controversial Biometric Database Law
Mar 01, 2017 06:52 AM EST
The Knesset on Monday passed a disputable law that will commit every single Israeli resident to acquire biometric ID cards, with their own data being put away in a national database.
Defenders of the law say it is important to prevent ID theft, while the opponents have argued that the database would be vulnerable against hacking, and bargains residents' personal information.
The recently passed law considers various reactions of a pilot plan that started in 2013, which has as of now observed somewhere in the range of 1.2 million Israelis volunteer for the program. The law was passed following a second and third reading in a 39-to-29 vote, and will be implemented effective July 3.
The biometric card is intended to carefully encode individual data, fingerprints, photograph and facial profile. The information will be recorded in a chip connected to the card, which will also contain the holder's name, birth date and gender. All data will be stored in a secured database.
The law requires all natives to give high resolution facial pictures to be recorded in the national biometric database. However, they may opt out of releasing their fingerprints to the database, though that data will still be stored on the card, Arutz Sheva reported.
Individuals who decline to store their fingerprints in the database will be required to recharge their IDs every five years, as opposed to 10.The last content likewise commands that fingerprint data can be put away in the database just for those who are 16 years old or above, up from 12 in the previous versions.
Another key change is how much access the police will have with the database. The police won't have the capacity to utilize the biometric data until the Knesset passes more directions on the issue.
The updated law likewise requires the National Cyber Bureau, a division of the Primes Minister's Office, to search for a contrasting option to fingerprint technology every year and a half, as opposed to at regular intervals of two years.