Pilot for Israel's Biometric Database to Begin in January

In 2013, Israelis will be able to participate in a two-year trial period of issuing biometric identification documents by submitting fingerprints and a facial scan.

The Knesset approved Wednesday a directive to include biometric means of identification and biometric identification data in identification documents and databases. This means that the trial period of the controversial biometric database will begin in January 2013.