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Citing Privacy Concerns, Israel Ends Cellphone Location-Tracking For Quarantine Enforcement

Citing Privacy Concerns, Israel Ends Cellphone Location-Tracking For Quarantine Enforcement
משטרת ישראל פועלת ליישום הנחיות משרד הבריאות. פעילות השוטרים בשכונת מאה שערים בירושלים
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The government of Israel suspended a program enacted last month at the behest of the prime minister’s government granting the police the authority to track roaming and location data of those under quarantine order. A parliamentary oversight committee held that the loss of privacy was a greater cost to society than the proffered benefit of tracking those suspected of carrying or transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The underlying technology used to track civilian COVID patients stems from that developed for Shin Bet (The Israeli General Security Service) for counter-terrorist tracking of cell phones carried by security risks to the state.  In this case the technology was co-opted for use against medical patients health officials suspected might violate quarantine orders…

To read more visit Zero Hedge.

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