Shin Bet digital device approved for tracking covid-19 cases

The government Wednesday approved a bill allowing the Shin Bet security service to monitor coronavirus cases and their contacts with their digital device as a means of tracking the chains of infection. The Knesset must now approve the bill. It has aroused controversy over its possible use for accessing personal data, on the one hand, and the Shin Bet’s reluctance to expose its methods to hostile elements. However, both arguments were overruled in view of the alarming spike in infection since mid-June. The Health Ministry now rules that people exposed to confirmed coronavirus cases must undergo tests within 48 hours of going into quarantine, instead of the four to seven days hitherto.

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