The Subcommittee on Intelligence, Secret Services and Captive and Missing Persons, chaired by Lt.-Gen. (res.) MK Gabi Ashkenazi (Blue and White), unanimously approved on Thursday a five-day extension of the government’s decision authorizing the Shin Bet (General Security Service) to assist in the national campaign to curb the spread of the coronavirus by tracking the cell phone activity of confirmed coronavirus cases in order to locate anyone who had been in their immediate vicinity and instruct them to go into quarantine.

The government asked for a seven-day extension so that it would have ample time to decide whether the practice should be enshrined in law.

This past Sunday, the High Court of Justice ruled that the cellphone tracking of confirmed coronavirus carriers must end within weeks if a new Knesset law is not passed to extend and regulate it.

The High Court justices said that the invasion of privacy was too extensive to permit the surveillance program to continue much longer simply based on a government decision and Israel’s emergency regulations.