Building A Biometric Tower Of Babel

Thursday, January 12, 2012
By Paul Martin

Shelly Yachimovich

“Let us build ourselves a biometric database with its top in the heavens” is a fair and precise paraphrase coined by bloggers describing the biometric database, by comparing it to the Towel of Babel, built with arrogance and ignorance.

Following the biometric database and identification law, a creation of such a database is currently underway in Israel, one that would contain the identifying finger prints and photos of not only wanted criminals, but of every single citizen. The recent Saudi hacker’s break-in into secured databases and the subsequent publication of thousands of details of Israelis’ private data and credit card numbers over the Internet comes as a warning signal alerting us to freeze the plan at once.

All the more because my personal and credit card details were among those disclosed over the Internet in this Saudi initiative, though I believe that the issue of credit card theft is of lesser significance. The credit card companies will reimburse us. I’m however more worried by the fact that databases are growing more detailed and monstrous, being an easy prey for criminals and hostile agents. Moreover, one can’t call upon the State to help and act as a regulator on this, since the State itself, in establishing this database, creates the most austere hazard to human dignity, humans’ farewell, rights and privacy.

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