The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved changes to the population registry regulations on Wednesday - including regarding the issuance of planned new 'smart' electronic ID cards.

The approval gives the green light for the population registry to begin a two-year pilot of the 'smart' ID cards in the near future.

Under the proposals, citizens receiving a 'smart' ID card will also be given a personal password granting access to read data stored on the card's electronic chip. That password can be changed, should a citizen request it.

Civil rights attorneys have criticized the 'smart' ID card proposals, particularly plans to include biometric data such as fingerprints, on the cards.

Opponents of the biometric ID card plans, including attorney Avner Pinchuk from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) have warned of "irreversible damage" should Israelis' biometric data, including fingerprints, be leaked.

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