Knesset advances bill allowing IDF, Shin Bet to access civilian security cameras

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

An illustrative photo of a security camera. (Image by Oliver Peters from Pixabay)
An illustrative photo of a security camera. (Image by Oliver Peters from Pixabay)

The Knesset advances a bill to permit the IDF and the Shin Bet to covertly break into security camera back-end technology in order to prevent or thwart access by nefarious actors.

Cleared through its first reading, the temporary emergency measure permits the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet to access the cameras only if the visual material endangers national security or IDF operations connected to the ongoing war.

The bill would be in force for a six-month initial period with an option to extend.

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