Erdan wants advanced biometric ID card mandatory for all IsraelisAll citizens will have to gradually move to biometric identification, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said Monday, submitting a report on the system’s pilot run to the cabinet and Knesset. “Smart biometric documentation that cannot be counterfeited, together with use of the biometric data will allow a full security and defense package for Israeli citizens’ identities and will balance our responsibility to ensure their security with our requirement to defend their privacy,” Erdan stated. The biometric database pilot period lasted two years, during which over 630,000 Israelis volunteered to receive biometric passports and identification cards.The report, submitted to cabinet secretary Avichai Mandelblit and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, reviewed whether smart ID is necessary, biometric databases around the world, alternative plans, possibilities of identity theft and the damage it could cause, how to secure the database, and more. According to the Interior Ministry, the database only has the minimum biometric information necessary to authenticate someone’s identity, meaning a photograph and two fingerprints, along with a serial number, but without any biographic or demographic information. In addition, the ministry said the database is not connected in any way to other systems, and has the highest and most advanced level of security. MORE