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Biometric ID trial reportedly extended

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri says he will extend a trial rollout of the biometric ID program until the end of the year, Army Radio reports.

A sample biometric 'smart card' (photo credit: Lior Mizrahi/Flash 90)
A sample biometric ‘smart card’ (Lior Mizrahi/Flash 90)

The trial was due to end at the end of March, but Deri says he wants more information before deciding whether to go ahead with the controversial program, which allows the state to collect and store biometric data on all citizens.

Deri is expected to speak at length about his decision to extend the trial at a Knesset committee meeting on Wednesday, according to the report.

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