Data Protection and Privacy Annual Review - 2017

Haim Ravia contributed this Israeli chapter in Data Protection & Privacy Laws Annual Review 2017, a publication by Financier Worldwide that covers numerous jurisdictions around the world.

Haim’s commentary analyzes companies' understanding of their privacy and data proteciton duties, outlines the penalties for non-compliance in the Israeli data protection and privacy regime, discusses the impact of cybersecurity incidents, and offers advice ...

US Federal Court Sentences Hacker to Unprecedented Jail Time

The US Federal District Court in Seattle, Washington has sentenced a 32 year old Russian hacker to 27 years in prison –  the longest sentence ever imposed by a US Court for cybercrimes. The hacker, who is the son of a Russian member of parliament, was convicted of running an identity theft and credit fraud network and selling millions of ...

Detailed Reports on Israeli Privacy and Data Security Regime

Haim Ravia and Dotan Hammer recently contributed their expert review of the Israel Country Profile in Bloomberg Law's Privacy and Data Security and authored the Profile's Risk Environment section. The Profile canvasses applicable law and regulation in Israel on privacy, data protection and data security, discusses regulatory authorities, enforcement and risk environment and provides an outlook on emerging issues.

Haim and Dotan also contributed their ...

Massachusetts Enforcement Action Prohibits Ad Company from ‘Geofencing’ Around Healthcare Facilities

A digital advertising company that was hired to use mobile geofencing technology to target women entering reproductive health facilities has been prohibited from doing so in Massachusetts pursuant to a settlement announced by the Massachusetts Attorney General in early April.

The company, Copley Advertising, was hired in the spring of 2015 to direct targeted ads using geofencing to “abortion-minded women” ...

Court of Justice of the EU Holds Movie Streaming Application Infringes Copyrights in the Movies

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that a multimedia player distributed for a fee which enables its users to view on their television screens movies that originate from pirated websites is liable for copyright infringement of the movies viewed through it.

The player in question, 'filmspeler', offers a functionality that retrieves desired content from streaming ...

Israeli Banks Permitted to Bar Bitcoin-Related Banking Activities

Can Israeli commercial banks refuse to allow companies engaging in Bitcoin trading to use their bank accounts for transactions related to Bitcoin trading? In a landmark decision issued earlier this month, an Israeli district court answered this question in the affirmative.

The petitioner, Bits of Gold Ltd., is an Israeli company dealing in Bitcoin trading. It opened a bank account ...

Nuances in the User Interface of Smartphone Apps are Critical to the Enforceability of their Terms of Use

A recent decision delivered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California illustrates how deficiencies in a smartphone app’s user interface can be fatal when the app’s operator attempts to shield itself from consumer litigation by leveraging the protections it has drafted into its terms of use.

Uber Technologies was sued in a putative class action ...