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Reforming the Law from the Ground Up: Recent Developments in Israel’s Privacy Regulation

Privacy and Security Law Report, pp. 1-4, 2010

4 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2010  

Omer Tene

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Date Written: October 5, 2010

Abstract

For many years, Israel’s privacy and data protection law, which dates back to 1981, did not figure prominently in compliance programs of domestic and foreign companies operating in Israel, due to scarce enforcement activity and low public awareness. The establishment of the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA) in 2006 and its active enforcement stance have changed this. In a period of just 2-3 years, amid a flurry of regulatory and individual enforcement activity, data protection has become a significant factor for compliance officers and chief information officers in Israel, particularly in the data-rich financial services, telecom and health sectors. With the EU data protection regulators’ ‘‘adequacy’’ opinion and the decision of global regulators to be hosted in Jerusalem for their 32nd annual conference, Israel catapulted to the center of global attention.

Keywords: Israel, privacy, data protection, compliance, enforcement, data security

JEL Classification: K23

Suggested Citation

Tene, Omer, Reforming the Law from the Ground Up: Recent Developments in Israel’s Privacy Regulation (October 5, 2010). Privacy and Security Law Report, pp. 1-4, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1688068

Omer Tene (Contact Author)

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) ( email )

Pease International Tradeport
75 Rochester Ave., Suite 4
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

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