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Israeli lawmakers object to tracking virus via phones

Politicians from both the coalition and the opposition, together with human rights activists, are unhappy with the Bennett government deciding to enable the Shin Bet to track the phones of people infected with the omicron variant.

The Israeli Supreme Court today deliberated a petition by human rights groups against the government’s Nov. 28 decision authorizing the Shin Bet security agency to digitally track people infected with the new omicron corona variant through their cell phones.

Using emergency regulations, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had signed an order enabling the tracking for five days, with the possibility of renewing this daily by new emergency orders.

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