FST CTO featured speaker at Biometrics Israel 2018, ISO biometrics committee meeting

Shahar Belkin, CTO of FST Biometrics, will lead the Israeli delegation at this month’s International Meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 37, Biometrics Committee, scheduled to be held in Israel for the first time. Members of the International Organization for Standardization will meet from January 14-23 to discuss “the standardization of generic biometric technologies pertaining to human beings to support interoperability and data interchange among applications and systems.” The event will feature Belkin leading key discussions at the meeting. “FST is

Israel’s biometric database allegedly managed illegally by subcontractor

Israel’s biometric database has allegedly been managed by a private contractor for more than two years, in violation of the rules for its maintenance established by the government when it was set up in 2011, Haaretz reports. A lawsuit in the National Labour Court filed in October by Meital Magid, an employee of digital security company Log-On, says Magid has been managing the database since September 2015, while the Interior Ministry looked for a long-term administrator. Magid filed the suit

Israel’s Science and Technology Ministry funding new biometrics R&D

Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Ministry and the National Cyber Bureau’s biometric identification and applications unit have put out a call for proposals for biometric and identification research and development, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. The Israeli government will reward each project with NIS 450,000 (US$125,559) for a period of up to three years. The project is designed to advance existing knowledge in the biometrics and identification field, develop applications, and increase the number of researchers and

Israel’s mandatory biometric ID system causes issues, lineups at airports

In the first month of Israel’s mandatory biometric identity documents initiative, 15 percent of applicants requesting new passports or identity cards have declined having their fingerprints added to the database, according to a report by Haaretz. Israel officially introduced the exclusive biometric passports and ID cards system on June 1, following several extensions of the pilot phase. Under the new procedures, a high-resolution facial photograph is automatically stored in the database, while the applicant is given the option to submit

NGO says Israel’s biometric database law an infringement of privacy rights

The Digital Rights Movement has filed a request to Israel’s High Court to block the state from a public campaign to convince the public to sign up for smartcard identification and the country’s biometric database. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post this court action is a part of the NGO’s broader campaign to get the new biometric database law struck as an unconstitutional infringement of privacy rights, asserting that the campaign is designed to fool the public into

Israel moves to biometric passports, ID cards exclusively

After several extensions of the pilot phase, Israel moved to biometric passports and ID cards exclusively beginning June 1, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. The government launched the biometric database’s pilot phase in July 2013, which was supposed to conclude after two years. However, the pilot was extended three times until the Knesset passed the biometric database law earlier this year. Previously, citizens had the option of selecting either a biometrics-based or regular ID card or passport.

Digital Rights Movement petitions against Israeli biometric database law

The Digital Rights Movement petitioned against the recently passed Biometric Database Law, declaring to the High Court of Justice that the law violates the privacy and security of citizens, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. “From the moment the database went into effect, we all go on to the blacklist of potential suspects,” DRM lawyer Yonatan Klinger said. “The rule in our democracy until now has been very simple: if you did not break a law, you do

Israeli court rules that employees cannot be forced to use biometric time clocks

The Israeli National Labor Court ruled that organizations cannot force their employees to use biometric time clocks at the office, according to a report by Lexology. The Court’s ruling revoked the regional labor court’s 2014 decision regarding a collective labor dispute against the Qalansawe municipality, which aimed to make it mandatory for its employees to use a biometric time clock system to monitor their work attendance. According to the court’s ruling, “forcing workers to hand over their fingerprints for biometric

Israeli government passes biometric database law

Earlier this week, the Knesset passed the biometric database law in its second and third readings after all concerns were addressed and resolved, according to a report by Israel National News. The move comes a couple months after the Knesset extended Israel’s biometric database pilot program until February 28, in light that the program will likely be approved, albeit with a few revisions. The bill, which saw a final vote of 39-29 in favor, was significantly revised from its initial

Israeli government extends biometric database pilot until February 28

The Knesset has extended Israel’s biometric database pilot program until February 28, in light that the program will likely be approved, albeit with a few revisions, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. Until now, obtaining a biometric card required citizens to submit their personal photo and a fingerprint to be stored in a national biometric database. After February 28, citizens will have the choice of entering their fingerprint into the database, as the result of significant petitioning by