The Biggest Problem With Israel’s New Biometric Database: Police Misusing Citizens' Data

High-level security isn't enough to protect fingerprints and other identifying biological traits, allowing hundreds of police to peer into Israelis' private lives.

When Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar launched the trial period for Israel’s biometric database on Sunday, he almost pleaded with the public not to be alarmed. “There is no reason to panic,” he said, promising that the system that was set up “met the highest standards of data security and privacy protection.”