Therefore, HaMoked repeatedly wrote
to COGAT and the civil administration on the matter, but no substantive response arrived. Meanwhile, over 50,000 people downloaded the application and the instruction to do so was expanded and sometimes even presented as a condition for receiving a stay permit. Other human rights organizations sent a similar demand concerning Palestinians working in Israel who were compelled to use the application to file the required health declaration form.
On May 17, 2020, the HCJ dismissed the petition outright, ruling that HaMoked should have waited longer for the state’s substantive response and that in failing to add individual petitioners, actual harm remained unproven.
Following the judgment, HaMoked asked COGAT to clarify what information was extracted from mobile phones before the terms were changed and to which entities was it transferred, if at all. Additionally, HaMoked asked about the application’s current terms for having information deleted.