Tag Archives: israel

Old Israeli ‘Rav Kav’ Smart Card May No Longer Work; Riders Urged To Upgrade

By | February 21, 2018

  The Ministry of Transportation calls for holders of Rav Kav smart cards issued before 2016 to replace them, before they are restricted. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis holding Rav Kav smart cards issued by Egged before 2016 will have to replace them. The Ministry of Transportation and Egged invite the veteran card holders, those with cards without… Read More »

SuperCom Awarded 8-Year Contract for ePassport and National ID Card System in Iceland

By | September 6, 2017

HERZLIYA, Israel, September 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SuperCom (Nasdaq: SPCB), a global provider of secure solutions for the e-Government, Public Safety, HealthCare, and Finance sectors today announced that it has won an 8-year contract for the development, delivery and maintenance of a new central personalization system for electronic passports and polycarbonate national electronic ID cards, for Iceland.  SuperCom was awarded the contract following… Read More »

Israel – Most Jerusalemites Prefer Biometric Passports

By | August 15, 2017

The Population Registry on Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av, released statistics pertaining to the regular and biometric teudat zehut, the Israeli identity card. It appears that from the beginning of June 2016, no less than 149,585 biometric ID cards were issued as were 253,207 biometric passports. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, a supporter of the biometric program and national database,… Read More »

Israel slashes price for passports ordered at Ben Gurion Airport

By | July 13, 2017

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority on Wednesday announced a discounted price for emergency passports purchased at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The discount is in compensation for the long wait times for those who wish to purchase a passport at their local Interior Ministry. Previously, citizens did not need an appointment for the Interior Ministry. However, since June 1… Read More »

Knesset votes to issue immediate passports to new citizens

By | June 26, 2017

The Knesset on Monday voted into law legislation enabling new immigrants to receive a passport as soon as they are granted citizenship. The law, proposed by Yisrael Beytenu MKs Oded Forer and Yulia Malinovsky, does away with the current 12-month waiting period for a passport. Police had previously opposed the bill on the grounds that it could make… Read More »

NGO To Israeli High Court: Block State From Public Biometric Campaign

By | June 11, 2017

An NGO asked the Israeli High Court of Justice to block the state from a public campaign it kicked-off earlier Sunday to convince the general public to sign up for smart card-identification and the country’s biometric database. The NGO, the Digital Rights Movement (DRM), asserted that the campaign is designed to fool the public into signing up for all… Read More »

Israel Transitions To Biometric Passports And IDS

By | June 1, 2017

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority (PIA) began issuing only biometric passports and identity cards on Thursday after a years-long tug-ofwar between biometric proponents and privacy advocates. Non-biometric passports and IDs will remain valid until their expiration date. Any Israeli renewing or applying for a passport or ID card will now need to be photographed for a database, although… Read More »

Starting Thursday, Israel to Issue Only Biometric Passports and IDs

By | May 29, 2017

Monday is the last day that the Interior Ministry will issue non-biometric passports and identity cards. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the offices are closed for the Shavuot holiday and as of Thursday, June 1 only biometric documents will be issued. Anyone applying to receive, renew or replace a passport or identity card will be required to be photographed… Read More »

Israel – Knesset approves making biometric ID cards mandatory

By | February 28, 2017

Final version of law will obligate citizens to put facial recognition information in national database, but not necessarily fingerprints The Knesset on Monday passed a controversial law that will obligate all Israeli citizens to obtain biometric ID cards, with their personal information being stored in a national database. Proponents of the law say it is necessary to prevent… Read More »

Israel – Knesset committee extends biometric ID trial

By | December 27, 2016

A Knesset committee on Tuesday extended a controversial pilot project that offers Israeli citizens a biometric identity card, with personal details stored on a digital database. A joint meeting of the Knesset Constitution Law and Justice Committee and the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee extended the program for two months by a vote of eight to seven. The… Read More »