Cabinet extends phone tracking by Shin Bet to fight coronavirus

Times of Israel | Apr 8, 2020 at 5:58 PM
  • The cabinet on Wednesday authorized the Shin Bet security service to continue for a further week its controversial program to track Israelis for the purpose of battling the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Shin Bet stressed that its powerful mass surveillance program, which relies on large amounts of data gleaned from Israelis’ cellphones and other digital tools, would only be used for the purposes of fighting the pandemic.
  • Under the government’s public regulations, the security service is not permitted to continue using the data after the program ends, though the Health Ministry is allowed to use the information for an additional 60 days for research purposes, presumably to retrace the path of the outbreak.