Israeli Civil Service Regulations Forbid Wiretapping of Civil Servants

The Israeli Civil Service Regulations, which apply to civil servants employed by the Israeli government, were amended to prohibit the recording of one civil servant by another absent full consent, regardless of whether one party is subordinate to the other. This prohibition does not apply if the recording party has reasonable grounds to believe that the recording is necessary for the exposure of abusive behavior in an employment relationship, corruptive practices, and other offenses, or to file a complaint in certain matters specified in regulations.

This prohibition establishes a more restrictive rule than specified in the Wiretap Law which permits a party to a conversation to record the conversation absent the consent of the others participating in the conversation.