The Israeli government has allowed its domestic intelligence services to access it citizen’s mobile phone data mainly of people diagnosed with coronavirus for the next three weeks, as new cases surge.
Following the new law in the country, the Shin Bet will be allowed to access the location of patients for at least14 days before their diagnosis, which the government says is very necessary to identify new cases.
This same move was proposed in March but faced opposition from activists and was disallowed by the Supreme Court, which insisted that the move must be passed into law before it can be allowed or dropped.
Across the globe, countries have grappled with to balance privacy concerns with tracking suspected coronavirus cases.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Singapore started handing out Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing devices as an alternative to the government’s contact tracing smartphone app.