Israel: Two New Bills Proposed to Amend the Anti-Spam Act

Two new private (rather than government-introduced) bills were filed with the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) this week, in hopes of expanding and updating the application of the "Anti-Spam Act" (officially known as Article 30A of the Communications Law (Telecommunications and Broadcasts), 5742-1982). The first bill (titled: Communications Bill (Telecommunications and Broadcasts) (Amendment - Spam), 5774-2014 - available in Hebrew, here) was filed by Knesset Member Micky Rosenthal. This bill seeks to extend the "Spam" prohibitions to include political campaigns and fundraisings. In addition, the bill seeks to regulate the methods for unsubscribing from call-lists used by automatic dialing systems advertising. The second bill (titled: Communications Bill (Telecommunications and Broadcasts) (Amendment - Request to Unsubscribe to a Service as a Notice of Refusal to Receive Ads), 5774-2014 - available in Hebrew, here), was filed by Knesset Member Shuli Moalem-Refaeli along with a group of other Knesset Members. This bill would establish that any notice or request issued by a recipient, to discontinue a service she obtained from an "advertiser”, will be deemed a refusal (opt-out) notice, for the purpose of the Anti-Spam Act. For now, it remains to be seen which, if any, of the bills will survive the dreadful legislative path to enactment.