ACRI to Argue New Petition Against Shin Bet Tracking
On 24.9.20, ACRI, on behalf of the Adalah Center, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, and Privacy Israel, filed a fourth petition to the High Court of Justice against the use of Shin Bet's mass surveillance capabilities to track civilians during the COVID-19 crisis.
The hearing will take place on Thursday, 22.10.20.
Following our previous petition, the HCJ ruled that the government could not continue to authorize the Shin Bet to track civilians via emergency regulations, and that to continue doing so, special legislation must be passed. Furthermore, the HCJ ruled that the proportionality of using the Shin Bet's mass surveillance in civilian matters must be examined, and alternatives should be proposed.
Since this decision, the government passed special legislation authorizing the mass surveillance, and as such ACRI has filed a petition arguing that the law is unconstitutional in authorizing a tool intended for national security purposes to be used for civilian matters. Mass surveillance used in this matter is disproportionate, infringes on privacy and freedom, and sets an unjustified precedent of suspending human rights.
In the petition, we argue that the Shin Bet uses a "monstrous" database of communications data created under Section 11 of the General Security Services Law, and that it is doubtful whether such a database is constitutional even for national security needs.
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