Data Mining the Israeli Census
Insights into a publicly available registry
The entire Israeli civil registry database has been leaked to the internet several times over the past decade. In this talk, we examine interesting data that can be mined and extracted from such database. Additionally, we will review the implications of such data being publicly available in light of the upcoming biometric database.
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The Israeli census database has been freely available on the Internet since 2001. The database has been illegally leaked due to incompetent data security policies in the Ministry of Interior of Israel, which is responsible for the management of the Israeli census.
The data available includes all personal data of every Israeli citizen: name, ID number, date and location of birth, address, phone number and marital status, as well as linkage to parents and spouses.
In this talk we discuss various statistics, trends and anomalies that such data provides us with insight to. Personal details will obviously be left out of the talk, though it is important to note that any person who wishes to retrieve such details can easily do so.
We will end the talk with a discussion about upcoming and relevant privacy issues in light of Israel's soon-to-be biometric database.