Israel's decision to share secret database with US sparks online outrage

Many social media users slammed Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely for reportedly agreeing to grant the US full access to a database containing confidential information about Israeli citizens.
Photo credit: 123FR/Bundit Singhakul/Channel 2 News

Recent reports about Israel's willingness to grant the US full access to its biometric database have sparked an outrage on social media, with many users slamming Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely for agreeing to share private information of Israeli citizens.

Channel 2 News reported exclusively on Monday that Hotovely, as the head of a government team appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has agreed to grant the US access to the database in order for Israel to be included in the US Visa Waiver Program.

"The state is essentially breaching its own biometric database," said Nir Hirshman, a spokesperson for the Digital Rights Movement. "We're talking about a country where secret documents about CIA and FBI workers was leaked. It's insane and irresponsible."

The organization No To Bio, which opposes the very existence of the database, posted a picture of Hotovely and US President Donald Trump with a text that reads, "Hotovely is giving the Americans our biometric database."

The organization also called on Israelis to visit Hotovely's official Facebook page and share their thoughts on her decision. The page quickly filled with comments from users who called the move "disgraceful" and "dangerous."



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