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Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
Israel, March 7 2017
The Knesset (the Israeli Parliament), recently completed the enactment of
the controversial biometric database law. The law, originally enacted in
2009, establishes a national database containing biometric information from
all Israeli citizens. Its declared purpose is combating large-scale loss
and theft of government-issued ID cards and passports used by criminals and
terrorists. The original law established an initial pilot period during
which Israelis applying to obtain or renew their government-issued ID or
passports could have voluntarily chosen to obtain biometric-based IDs and
passports, by providing their fingerprint samples and a facial photograph.
The initial pilot period was repeatedly extended over the years.
The newly enacted law will transition the biometric database project from
its pilot phase to permanent and full scale operation. During the
forthcoming permanent phase, collection of facial biometric information
from passport or national ID applicants will be mandatory. However,
applicants will be able to opt-out of having their fingerprints taken and
recorded in the database. In that case, they will be issued national ID
cards or passports with a 5 year expiry date, rather than 10 years for
those willing to have their fingerprints sampled and recorded. The shorter
expiry period is intended to make forgeries and identity thefts more
The law, as enacted, was substantially amended compared to the proposed
bill. Among other issues, fingerprints of children under the age of 16 will
not be stored in the database and police will not be allowed to access or
use the database until the Knesset promulgates regulations on this issue.
In addition, the head of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau will evaluate
the necessity of fingerprint sampling and the availability of alternatives,
once every 18 months.
Given the controversy surrounding the biometric database, the newly enacted
law is likely to be the subject of a High Court of Justice petition
challenging its constitutionality on privacy and data protection grounds.
CLICK HERE for the formally published statute (in Hebrew).
On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 9:55 PM S.M. Muraya <email@example.com> wrote:
> Interesting realities + limitations in Israel..
> On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 7:15 PM Grace Githaiga via kictanet <
> firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Has anyone come across any document that outlines what a good digital id
>> law should look like?
>> Here is Kenya’s Huduma Bill 2019.
>> There will an open public forum for public participation tomorrow
>> (Wednesday) organized by the Ministry of Interior starting 9.00 am to 1.00
>> pm at the Kenya School of Government, Lower Kabete Campus, off Lower Kabete
>> Best regards
>> Grace Githaiga
>> Grace Githaiga
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