Yonah Jeremy Bob reports:
The Knesset late on Monday approved a landmark law by a 39-to-29 vote limiting the use of biometric databases for smartcard identification, following its passage by the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee in its final readings.
The law’s final version reflects a number of compromises made to address privacy concerns that have made it the center point of a grand battle for years.
Although compromises were made, there are still concerns.
The law also includes an option to delete fingerprint data for anyone who already gave their permission to access that data.
Fingerprints for those under the age of 16 will not be included in the database and the police cannot use the database for law enforcement purposes until the Knesset approves related regulations on the issue.