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Israel’s top court weighs coronavirus surveillance technology

Israel's High Court has held an emergency hearing on the government's use of cyber technologies to track carriers and suspected carriers of the novel coronavirus.
Israeli Health Ministry inspectors put on protective gear before they go up to the apartment of a person in self quarantine as a precaution against coronavirus spread in Hadera, Israel March 16, 2020 REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun - RC23LF9W9DN6

Israel's High Court of Justice will decide whether to suspend the use of controversial cyber technology that would allow the government to track the movements of people infected with the novel coronavirus and those believed to be carrying it.

On March 16, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bypassed Knesset approval and signed off on the security agency Shin Bet tracing the affected individuals cell phones. The technology had previously been used to monitor Palestinians suspected of involvement in terror activities.

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