Has the Reform in Israeli Privacy Law Begun?

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the Israeli Ministry of Justice published for public comment the draft Protection of Privacy Bill (Amendment) (Definitions and Limiting Registration Obligations), 2020 (in Hebrew, here). The draft bill aims to reduce, but not eliminate, the obsolete duty to register databases containing personal information. At the same time, it seeks to update important definitions in ...

UK Privacy Regulator Publishes Code of Practice for Digital Services Aimed for Children

The UK privacy regulator – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has published the final version of its Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice for designers, developers, and operators of digital services aimed to be used by children. 

The ICO requires that services provide greater protection of children’s personal data by default, stating, for instance, that location and profiling features ...

French Privacy Regulator Recommends How to Obtain Consent for Cookies

The French data protection authority (the “CNIL”) published for public comments its draft of practical recommendations on how organizations should obtain the consent of data subjects for processing their information through cookies. 

The draft contains practical examples for websites and apps owners and operators on the proper procedures for obtaining data subject consent to cookies. These include presenting the information ...

GDPR Fines Reach an Aggregate ā‚¬114 Million

A recently issued report by DLA Piper shows that since the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) came into effect in May 2018, EU regulators have imposed €114 million in penalties for companies violating the GDPR. 

The largest fine was €50 million imposed on Google by the French data protection authority (the “CNIL”), due to violations of the GDPR’s duties of ...

Israel: a bill proposes alternatives to ISA tracing of Covid-19 patients

The Israeli government will be required to develop civilian contact-tracing technology, taking into account privacy-driven design from the outset, much like dozens of other countries around the world have done. The applications will be available for use on a voluntary basis, free of charge, and will be based on encrypted and anonymous data. These matters are proposed in a bill [Hebrew] ...

Israeli privacy and data protection in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic

In Israel, like other jurisdictions, the privacy and data protection regime continues to apply during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis. It is generally flexible enough to allow private and state actors to undertake various anti-pandemic measures.

At the governmental level in Israel, the Israeli prime minister has taken the extraordinary measure of enlisting Israel’s national security agency (known as the General ...