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Israeli court stops government anti-coronavirus phone spying

Israel's domestic security agency cannot continue to access citizens' private phone data to track the coronavirus until laws are passed on the practice, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday.
A mobile phone with HaMagen application on it is seen in this picture illustration taken on April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Illustration - RC2PVF9RFE4T

Israel’s domestic security agency can no longer surveil people’s phones to fight the coronavirus, the country’s Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The Shin Bet must now stop using phone-surveillance technology until parliament passes laws to regulate the practice, The Associated Press reported.

The Shin Bet was tracking and surveilling people’s phones to identify people exposed to the coronavirus. People who were found to be in contact with an infected individual then had to go into quarantine, according to AP.

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