(Haaretz) All residents of Israel are going to have to join the biometric database, which will include high-resolution facial photos and the fingerprints from both index fingers, Interior Minister Arye Dery announced yesterday.
Individuals will be able to choose whether to save their fingerprints in the database or only on their identity cards and passports. If they refuse to save their prints in the database, however, identifying documents currently valid for 10 years will be valid only for five.
To date, biometric passports or IDs have been issued to approximately one million Israelis, who agreed to join the database on a volunteer basis.
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