ACRI: Biometric info breach would be irreversibly damaging

October 24, 2011 14:06

The Association for Civil Rights (ACRI) in Israel praised the Justice Ministry for solving the five-year-old case of the theft of personal information from the Population Registry but warned that in the future, with a biometric registry, when such information is obtained by criminals or terrorists, the damage will be irreversible.

The case of the stolen information from the Population Registry "is a warning to all Israeli residents: Don't give your finger prints to somebody who doesn't know how to guard much less sensitive personal information," head of privacy and information for ACRI, lawyer Avner Pinchuk said.

The Interior Ministry, Pinchuk added, "recently admitted that the leaking of biometric information will cause 'irreparable damage to a citizen' but promises us that it knows how to protect the biometric registry." The pilot program for biometric identity cards is set to begin later this year.

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