Israel’s cabinet has curtailed the involvement of its internal security agency, Shin Bet, in the cellphone tracking of people infected by the coronavirus, saying the measure would be a last resort.
The cabinet had circumvented parliament in March and approved emergency regulations to allow the use of the technology, usually deployed for anti-terrorism. Privacy watchdog groups have challenged the practice in court.
In light of falling contagion rates in Israel, phone tracking is now warranted “in specific and special cases only, where location … cannot be completed with epidemiological investigation using other methods”. This may be reviewed if infections surge ...
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