Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has "decided to push to mandate" the joining of a national biometric database and identity cards, The Jerusalem Post reports. "It is still unclear whether Deri will garner a Knesset majority to make the requirement law, but every recent interior minister has supported the initiative," the report states. Database initiatives have been controversial in Israel, with the the Movement for Digital Rights promising to continue to challenge Deri's move. In the meantime, "those objecting would still have their fingerprints and facial recognition picture taken, but it would only be connected to their smart-card, not placed in the database," the report adds.
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