Israel approves 30-day tech tracking of Covid-19 carriers


People wear face masks as they shop at a food market in Tel Aviv, Israel. Critics of the idea say this use of technology developed to track militants constitutes a dangerous precedent and an invasion of Israeli citizens’ privacy. — AP

Israel’s government approved the use of technology to track the movements of coronavirus patients for 30 days, a controversial step in the country’s fight against the fast-spreading illness.

The cabinet debated the use of this technology for six hours, placing "strict oversight” over the tools "to ensure that they would not be abused”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday night. Critics of the idea say this use of technology developed to track militants constitutes a dangerous precedent and an invasion of Israeli citizens’ privacy.

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