The use of the Internet and e-commerce raises legal issues that combine diverse legal areas otherwise rarely to be found together: intellectual property, privacy laws, consumer protection, contract law, evidence law, etc.
Our Cyber and Internet practice group has accumulated decades of experience counseling clients on the law as applied to the Internet and cyberspace. Our attorneys thoroughly grasp new Internet-driven technologies and have conquered precedent-setting legal work on Internet-related issues. Representative topics we have handled in this domain include:
- Liability of online platforms for defamatory speech, infringing material or privacy-invading content available through them
- Application of the Israeli penal code to online gambling sites
- Contracts for constructing and maintaining Internet websites and Internet-based systems
- Legal best practices for online distribution of software and their automatic installers
- Surreptitious access to Internet subscribers’ emails, by investigative authorities
- Online protection and licensing of intellectual property
- Application of privacy laws and consumer protection laws to e-commerce
- Application of the Israeli legal framework governing use of encryption, to online activities.
- The do's and don'ts of we linking, web crawling and scraping
Additionally, in recent years, regulatory agencies are becoming more attuned to cyber and cyber-security, issuing various guidelines in this realm. The legal framework governing the use of IT systems at businesses is also significantly adjusting to cyber and cyber-security. Pearl Cohen’s seasoned Cyber and Internet practice group fuses intimate knowledge of cyber law and cyber security regulations with deep technical and business understanding of cyber-oriented companies. We counsel clients on all legal aspects of their cyber operations and cyber-defense activities, and guide them on the measures they need to take in order to comply with the legal standards applicable to their activities in cyberspace.
Among the group's legacy litigation cases, we handled a first of its kind lawsuit in the early days of the Israeli Internet, dealing with a court order issued to an Internet access provider compelling it to produce to the IDF the e-mail correspondence of subscribers. This precedent ended with the State Attorney conceding to a substantial number of the arguments raised by the access provider. The State conceded that intercepting e-mail messages before they had reached the provider's computers amounts to wiretapping and is therefore permissible only with a court order specifically designated to electronic eavesdropping.