With the right safeguards, aggressive disease surveillance is likely permissible under the Fourth Amendment.
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In this bonus episode, we present a lightly edited interview about Israel’s technology- and surveillance-heavy approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. In it, Matthew Waxman, Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia University, and I talk to Yuval Shany, a noted Israeli human rights expert and professor at Hebrew University.
David Kris, Paul Rosenzweig and I dive deep on the big tech issue of the COVID-19 contagion: Whether (but mostly how) to use mobile phone location services to fight the virus. We cover the Israeli approach, as well as a host of solutions adopted in Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and elsewhere.
To contain the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. should look to the cell-phone tracking employed by countries like Singapore and South Korea.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, it can be difficult to keep track of how the virus has spread and how different countries have responded. So, this week we are doing something a little bit different. We are bringing you dispatches about how nine different countries are handling the COVID-19 outbreak. Jacob Schulz spoke with experts about the situations in Poland, Spain, South Korea, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Iran, China, and Great Britain. You will hear from journalists, Brookings experts, a former CIA officer, and a Member of European Parliament, among others.
Determining whether surveillance will help combat the virus requires understanding how the coronavirus spreads and how cellphone tracking works.
As the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world, Israel’s year-and-a-half-long constitutional crisis appears to be approaching its apex.
That’s the question I debate with David Kris and Nick Weaver as we explore the ways in which governments are using location data to fight the spread of COVID-19. Phone location data is being used to enforce quarantines and to track contacts with infected people. It’s useful for both, but Nick thinks the second application may not really be ready for a year – too late for this outbreak.
Join Benjamin Wittes and Aluf Benn, Editor in Chief of Haaretz, on Apr. 6 at 12 p.m ET for a webinar on the Israeli political transition and COVID-19 response.
In this moment of true national emergency, how does the public know whether new surveillance programs are necessary?