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Watchdog Group Uncovers Two Breaches of Israeli Biometric Database

Watchdog Group Uncovers Two Breaches of Israeli Biometric Database

Israel’s Interior Ministry has been forced to admit that the Population Authority’s biometric database was breached in two separate incidents that occurred in 2017 and 2018. The government insists that both were “operational incidents” that did not lead to any leaks or compromise the security of the database, but the 2018 breach is still being…

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Israel’s implementation of a national biometric ID program is causing serious delays at the country’s main airport, reports Haaretz. Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, approved the implementation of the biometric ID program earlier this year amid some controversy, with the law coming into effect on June 1st. As Haaretz reports, travelers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport have…

Israeli Labor Court Rules Against Use of Fingerprint Attendance Tracking

Israeli Labor Court Rules Against Use of Fingerprint Attendance Tracking

Israel’s National Labor Court has ruled that employers cannot compel their staff to participate in a biometric time and attendance system based on fingerprint scanning, reports Bloomberg BNA. The case, Histadrut General Labor Fed’n v. Qalansuwa Municipality, was resolved in favor of workers’ privacy rights with respect to biometric data. In a panel ruling, head Judge Lea…

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

“While the country’s biometric smart cards will need to include citizens’ facial and fingerprint data, the latter no longer needs to be submitted to a national database, though individuals who opt out will need to renew their IDs twice as often.” Israel’s legislature has approved a new law that will make registration in a national biometric…

New Legislation to Make Biometric Registration Mandatory for Israelis

New Legislation to Make Biometric Registration Mandatory for Israelis

Israel’s Interior Minister is following through on his promise to make enrollment in a national biometric database mandatory. Minister Arye Dery first announced the measure this past summer, when he said that anyone applying for a government ID would have to register. Now, he has put forward a memorandum asserting that all citizens must register,…

Biometric Registration Will Be Mandatory For ID Applicants: Israeli Minister

Biometric Registration Will Be Mandatory For ID Applicants: Israeli Minister

Israeli authorities are making participation in a national biometric identity program mandatory. The announcement arrived as a long pilot program testing the biometric registry came to a close. The project was started in the summer of 2013 and later saw two extensions, with the first arriving just ahead of a scathing report from the State Comptroller…

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National eID card programs are set to encompass half the world population in three years time, according to a report by Acuity Market Intelligence, and biometrics play a key role in said initiatives. September is National ID Month at FindBiometrics, in which we have been taking an in depth look at this proliferating global market…

Israel Extends Biometric ID Trial Ahead of Scathing Report

Israel Extends Biometric ID Trial Ahead of Scathing Report

Israel is extending the pilot testing phase of an ambitious new biometric identity card program despite serious concerns about its implementation and efficacy. Just hours prior to the publication of a special report on the National Biometric Database program, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom announced that the trial period would be extended another nine months. The…

Ben-Gurion Airport Expands Biometric Kiosks

Ben-Gurion Airport Expands Biometric Kiosks

Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport is expanding its biometric screening capabilities, according to an Arutz Sheva 7 article by Tova Dvorin. Having ran a successful pilot project using four biometric eGates, the airport has now added 17 more stations. Like so many other eGate systems around the world, Ben-Gurion’s was implemented both to improve security and travelers’…