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Lawmakers expand quarantine surveillance program to cover all in isolation

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A Knesset panel voted Tuesday to expand an electronic surveillance program to nearly anyone in isolation due to the coronavirus, significantly ratcheting up powers the state can use to enforce quarantine regulations.

The new rule okayed by the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee means that anyone in quarantine — aside from those in isolation for a day or less — will be asked to opt in to an electronic surveillance program that allows the police or Shin Bet security service to track your phone’s movements and ensure you remain at home.

Those who decline to opt in to the program will be subject to increased police enforcement of their stay in quarantine, a Knesset spokesperson said.

The cabinet initially voted to limit the government’s electronic tracking program on those in quarantine due to a trip abroad. With the committee’s subsequent decision, however, any person in quarantine due to contact with a known........

© The Times of Israel

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