Wednesday, November 25, 2020


Israel stops using phone tracking to enforce COVID-19 quarantines

to enforce COVID-19

Anti-virus concept. Woman wearing Mask and Glasses Waiting for Ambulance. Copy Space

Daniel Fainberg via Getty Images

Israel’s use of phone tracking technology to track COVID-19 patients has come to a partial end. A parliamentary oversight committee has halted use of the tracking to enforce quarantines after raising privacy concerns. The privacy violations outweigh the benefits, committee member Ayalet Shaked said — the phone monitoring tech doesn’t help much when police already pay visits to COVID-19 patients to ensure they’re following the rules.

Police have so far argued that the tool is effective, having arrested 203 the help of phone location info. Law enforcement conducted about 500 random location checks per day.

The country is still using technology (believed to involve phone tracking) from the national security agency Shin Bet for contact tracing. It can both map previous movements of people and pinpoint others who might have come too close. That program appears to be relatively safe, in part as its team deletes all info after a week. However, it’s evident that the Israeli government’s anti-coronavirus efforts have their limits. Like in other countries, Israel may have to strike a balance between total insight into the virus and respecting the desire to maintain some semblance of a private life.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.






Go to Source

Author: {authorlink} Engadget RSS Feed

Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics