Israel to limit the use of technology over privacy concern amidst COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis and the measures taken to curb the spread has augmented the dependence on technology that has raised privacy concerns.

As a result of it, the use of mobile-phone location data to enforce quarantine by the Israeli police has been halted.

The measure to use this technique to ensure self-isolation was being practiced, was ordered by the government for a limited time.

An oversight group in Israel’s Parliament has blocked an attempt to extend the emergency measures this week citing the disbalance created as a result of the emergency measure. The committee said that the harm done to privacy outweighed the benefits.

Gabi Ashkenazi, who chairs the committee, said the government would re-examine the wording of the law in light of the concerns and the bill was withdrawn for the time being.

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