Google's Ad Network Prepares for the California Consumer Privacy Act

Google announced that it will allow websites and apps using its advertising tools to block personalized advertisements to consumers with Internet addresses originating in California or any other jurisdiction as part of the preparations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that enters into effect on January 1, 2020. 

Under the CCPA, businesses are obligated to allow consumers to opt-out ...

Unprecedented Recovery of Damages for Violation of the Israeli Spam Law

A company organizing conferences for its clients, which transmitted promotional text messages and emails for its clients to about eight hundred thousand (800,000) individuals who each received, on average, forty-seven (47) messages, was ordered to pay a represented class of plaintiffs about 200 million NIS (approximately US $58 million) in compensatory damages for violation of Article 30(a) of the Israeli ...

December GDPR Updates: Right to be Forgotten, Access Requests, Facial Recognition and More

EDPB guidelines on the right to be forgotten in search engines. The European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) released for public comments its draft guidelines on the right to be forgotten under the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”), as it applies to online search engines. 

The draft distinguishes between delisting requests and full erasure requests. Requests to delist seek to ...

Data Protection and Privacy Annual Review - 2019

Haim Ravia contributed this Israeli chapter in Data Protection & Privacy Laws Annual Review 2019, a publication by Financier Worldwide that covers numerous jurisdictions around the world.

Haim’s commentary analyzes companies' understanding of their privacy and data protection duties, outlines recent legal and regulatory developments in Israel on data privacy matters, regulatory enforcement, and offers advice to companies on data protection ...

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Starts January 1, 2020

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) enters into effect on January 1, 2020, less than two months away. It imposes complex privacy-driven obligations on many organizations. While companies in recent years have dedicated efforts to enter into and maintain compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the CCPA imposes distinguishable requirements with significant implications from legal, technological, administrative ...

Redistributing E-Books Online Constitutes Copyright Infringement, Says EU's High Court

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has held that a company making available second-hand e-books on its website to members of its reading club engages in a “communication to the public” that infringes the author’s rights under the EU Directive 2001/29 on copyrights (the “Copyright Directive”). The CJEU held that the copyright rule of exhaustion, under which ...

US Internet Access Provider Hit with a Billion Dollar Verdict for Copyright Infringement

In late November, Cox Communications, a U.S. Internet access provider, was found liable for the infringing activities of its subscribers based on their uploading and downloading of copyrighted music using peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. This month, jurors in a U.S. Federal District Court in Virginia awarded American music publishing companies a total of one billion dollars in compensatory damages for more ...