Shalom extends biometric database pilot despite report that it fails many of its benchmark

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom on Tuesday preempted a highly critical State Comptroller report of the state’s hotly debated and revolutionary biometric database pilot program for identity cards, announcing he was extending the program for an additional nine month trial period.

Shalom’s decision came only hours before the much anticipated report by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira came out with a highly critical conclusion that the pilot program has failed many of its benchmarks and that the Knesset should think hard before making the database a permanent fixture.


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