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Israel will be using its public's mobile data to curb the coronavirus

Israel's internal security agency is using people's cell phone data to track the coronavirus outbreak

Jak Connor | Mar 18, 2020 at 03:41 am CDT (1 min, 20 secs reading time)

Countries are doing everything they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and one of the ways that the spread if hindered is to have accurate monitoring of the infection.

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According to a recent New York Times article, Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, has been given the power to use everyone's mobile data to help battle the coronavirus. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel has given the security agency the new power which will involve the use of mobile users' location. The thinking behind this is that the security agency will be able to retrace the steps of infected person/s and identify other people who should be quarantined.

The new power has been granted to the security agency for the next 30 days, and throughout this 30 days the security agency will be sending text messages to individuals that will be required to quarantine themselves. According to Netanyahu, "We must preserve the balance between individual rights and general needs, and we are doing so." While the use of everyone's data is definitely a violation of privacy, it will be interesting to see whether or not this tactic to speed up the isolation process will be effective or not.

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