IDs can be hacked, biometric database authority reveals

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March 23, 2016 04:00

 
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A representative of the Biometric Database Management Authority admitted on Tuesday that its identity card database is not secure, acknowledging the potential for database breaches during a debate on the issue in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

The Movement for Digital Rights slammed the admission by Naama Ben Zvi Riblis, a lawyer for the authority, saying it validated the group’s claim that the biometric database project could result in an invasion of citizens’ privacy.

“At this meeting, they put the truth on the table for the first time [as the authority] said on the record that the working assumption was that the entire biometric database would be hacked… Now we are not the only ones who are saying this… So why do we need this? Why take the risk?” said the NGO’s lawyer, Yehonatan Kleigar.

Asked about the admission that the database could be hacked, Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky’s spokesman said he did not remember the authority saying that, but that even if it did he “had no position” on whether it should impact furthering the biometric project.

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