Israel extends coronavirus cell phone surveillance by 3 weeks

Israel extends coronavirus cell phone surveillance by 3 weeks

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Benjamin Netanyahu, coronavirus, Israel, Netanyahu, News, PLO, Security, Supreme Court, technology, Terrorism, virus, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) – A parliamentary panel on Tuesday authorized Shin Bet security service to continue using mobile phone data to track people infected by the coronavirus until May 26, prolonging an initiative described by critics as a threat to privacy.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sought a longer extension, of six weeks, as his government advances legislation to regulate the practice in line with the demands of the Supreme Court, which is worried about dangers to individual liberty.

Circumventing parliament in March, as the infection spread, Netanyahu's cabinet approved emergency regulations that enabled the use of the technology, customarily deployed for anti-terrorism. [ Source: Ynet News (Read More…) ]

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