MK Eitan calls for halt to biometric program after breach

Government Services Minister Michael Eitan (Likud) called for the immediate reevaluation and halt of the establishment of a biometric population registry and identity system following the announcement that sensitive personal information of every Israeli citizen was stolen by a government contractor and put on the Internet.
"The state is building a time bomb that will explode in all of our faces," Eitan said. "There is no disagreement that the biometric database is dangerous, but [they] are making false promises that the database will be hermetically sealed with unprecedented security."
He questioned whether it can be ensured that there will be no other disgruntled workers among those working with the biometric registry, who may distribute the public's finger prints and facial scans.
The biometric population registry, Eitan said, "will be leaked and broken into also, and that's only a matter of time. I hope that a the lesson will now be learned and a complete reevaluation will take place in relation to the dangerous and useless biometric database."
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