Privacy and Data Protection

  • The failure to comply with Israeli law relating to the protection of privacy and use of databases may result in both civil and criminal sanctions. S. Horowitz & Co. is one of the few firms that has extensive experience guiding clients, from a broad array of industries, on how to navigate Israeli laws and regulations relevant to the protection of privacy and, in particular, the collection, storage, use, processing and transfer of data and sensitive personal information.

     

    We advise on both contentious and non-contentious issues relating to the right of privacy and its infringement, data security, compliance issues, registration with the Israeli Registrar of Databases, cloud-based storage and use of data, the transfer of data outside of Israel, the exploitation of data as a commercial asset and disputes and investigations relating to the use of data.

    • Representing a major Israeli website in one of the first civil claims ever filed in Israel against a computer hacker and against its Internet Service Provider (ISP).  The defendants were sued for damages caused by the hacking into the website's servers for the purpose of sending thousands of fraudulent spam messages to the website's clients advertising a competing website.  The court ordered the ISP to disclose the details of the hacker and later rendered a permanent cease and desist order against the hacker and ordered him to pay damages to the website
    • Representing a major manufacturer of motor vehicles on the data protection aspects and obtaining of necessary licences for the recording of automatic crash response systems
    • Representing one of Israel's prominent news broadcasters in matters relating to libel, invasion of privacy, and regulation, including ongoing advice concerning regulatory and data privacy matters
    • Providing advice on privacy aspects of the employment relationship including drafting guidelines for a major financial institution on the permitted uses and monitoring of electronic communications during the employment relationship
    • Advising a major pharmaceutical company concerning information security, protection of privacy and monitoring of electronic communications by employees
    • Advising a leading foreign bank concerning the protection of privacy of employees and job applicants in the establishment of a job applicants database