Saturday, February 20, 2010

'Biometric law will make identity theft harder'

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clipped from www.jpost.com
Effective use of biometric data could have prevented the apparent theft of Anglo-Israelis’ identities, MK Meir Sheetrit (Kadima), the architect of the country’s Biometric ID Law, and a former minister of intelligence services, told The Jerusalem Post Thursday evening.
Sheetrit said the identification documents – identity cards and passports – that would come into use as a result of his law would “be impossible to forge.”
“People attacked the law because they were afraid that someone could ‘break in’ to the biometric database and steal identities,” said Sheetrit, arguing that it would be harder, not easier, to do that once the law went into effect.
“Someone could steal a biometric identity card, but they simply could not make their fingerprint match the one stored in the government’s databases,” he said.
“Once we have the smart chip in passports and identification cards, we will finally be part of the developments that we are beginning to see throughout the world,”
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