High Court issues temporary order preventing police tracking of coronavirus patients

The High Court of Justice issues an interim order temporarily preventing the Shin Bet and Israel Police from digitally tracking coronavirus carriers, a controversial measure approved to find people whom they might have infected and to ensure they don’t leave quarantine, which has raised privacy concerns.

The interim order against the emergency regulation prevents police from using the tracking technologies without a court order.

It says that the regulation granting the Shin Bet authority to track the patients will only be in effect until next Tuesday at 12 p.m., and only if a Knesset subcommittee on secret services isn’t formed by then to monitor the tracking.

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