Security agencies to track the mobile-phone amid Coronavirus

“The Israeli government has approved emergency measures for its security agencies to track the mobile-phone data of people with suspected coronavirus.”

They claim it will be used to enforce quarantines and to warn others who may have been infected.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel called the move “a dangerous precedent and a slippery slope”.

Location data collected by Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic security agency, will be shared with health officials. Once the individual is flagged as a possible carrier, the health ministry will verify if they are adhering to quarantine rules.

The head of the justice system said the move would save lives, while Israel’s prime minister said it struck a balance between public-health needs and civil rights.

With notes and sources from BBC World – Coronavirus: Israel enables emergency spy powers https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51930681

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