An Israeli government pilot program to establish a biometric database of all citizens is scheduled to conclude in March 2016. With Israelis in a panic over the ongoing wave of terror attacks by Palestinians, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the public’s acceptance, with resignation, of a far-reaching violation of privacy, even though it is rather doubtful that such a violation would actually help against terrorism. The Knesset passed a bill in December 2009 to establish a biometric database of all citizens. Given the controversy over the proposed bill, however, the Ministry of Interior launched a voluntary pilot project in July 2013, offering citizens the option of having their biometric indices — that is, scanned facial features and fingerprints — stored in the database. Under the plan, the pilot was to be carried out over two years, after which the government would decide whether to enact into law the bill requiring all citizens to participate.

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