Israels new ID program challenged in court

Israel’s Interior Ministry began a two-year trial of its controversial biometric data program.

Beginning this week, Israeli citizens seeking to obtain or renew their national identity cards can choose to receive a smart ID card by submitting their biometric data, including fingerprints and facial contours.

The pilot program will start in Rishon LeTzion and Ashdod. It will be available in all population registry bureaus nationwide by the end of August.

Israel civil rights organizations challenged the program in court, claiming it violates the privacy rights of Israelis. Data leaks and information theft also are a concern, according to the organizations. — jta