Israel, one of the most vaccinated nations on the planet, now electronically monitors those entering the nation who are obliged to quarantine as the policy was just authorized by the cabinet today. Apparently, while the authorization actually allows for “electronic measures,” the nation’s health authority will start with a smartphone app as a monitoring tool rather than more intrusive measures such as an electronic bracelet. Thanks to a Health and Public Security Ministries proposal now approved by the Israeli cabinet, anyone returning back to the country and falling under a quarantine requirement must use the designated app, meaning that they have to send a one-time notice to the health authorities, indicating their location. Thereafter the health authorities have a record of the individual case, date of entry, the location of self-isolation so that they can be monitored. What if you don’t want to send your private information such as address and location via the app? Then the state (government) requires that you have your location verified by the police. On to the Delta variant surge now occurring in this country, some health officials here show increasing public concern about the situation.
Back in March, Israel passed an emergency law to use mobile phone data for tracking people infected with SARS-CoV-2, including the ability to identify and quarantine contacts, that is those who have come into contact with the infected person. According to the BBC, the law was passed during an overnight sitting of the cabinet, bypassing parliamentary approval.