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 July 7, 2016  Surveillance, U.S.

Ilan Lior and Or Kashti report:

Interior Minister Arye Dery announced on Thursday that starting next year, joining the biometric database will be obligatory.

“From now on anyone obtaining a document from the Interior Ministry, whether an ID card or a passport, will receive a biometric one. We’ve decided on having this database and we’ll soon decide what will be included in it,” Dery said at a ceremony marking the millionth person to join the biometric database, which was held at the new Population and Immigration Authority office in south Tel Aviv.

Read more on Haaretz.

So with the U.S. banking sector also embracing biometrics and with everyone’s Social Security number already have been leaked or compromised in numerous breaches, can the U.S. be far behind in switching to biometrics for identity authentication?

And if so, isn’t it even more important, then, that the FBI not be able to exempt the biometrics database from Privacy Act protections? Have you signed EFF’s petition on this? If not, go do so right now.

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