Released: March 16, 2020
To track coronavirus, Israel moves to tap secret cellphone data
Source: David M. Halbfinger, Isabel Kershner & Ronen Bergman, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has authorized the country’s internal security agency to tap into a vast and previously undisclosed trove of cellphone data to retrace the movements of people who have contracted the coronavirus and identify others who should be quarantined because their paths crossed, officials said.
The idea is to sift through geolocation data routinely collected from Israeli cellphone providers about millions of their customers in Israel and the West Bank, find people who came into close contact with known virus carriers, and send them text messages directing them to isolate themselves immediately.
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