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Monday, March 16, 2020

Monitoring Virus Patients by Phone

With an expectation of a certain degree of violation of privacy and the need for regulating that.

Israel Takes Step Toward Monitoring Phones of Virus Patients
Associated Press
By Josef Federman
March 15, 2020

Israel's government has authorized its Shin Bet security agency to use its phone-surveillance system on coronavirus patients in an effort to control the epidemic, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledging that such measures would "entail a certain degree of violation of privacy." Shin Bet would employ mobile-phone tracking technology to more precisely model a patient's movements prior to diagnosis, and identify people who might have been exposed to the virus. In response to privacy concerns, Netanyahu reduced the scope of information to be collected and restricted how many people can view the data, to shield against misuse. Yuval Elovici at Ben-Gurion University's cybersecurity research center suggested privacy issues can be minimized by culling data anonymously. ... " 

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