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What Google Knows: Privacy and Internet Search Enginesomertene

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 23:02:57 +0000

Search engines are the most important phenomenon on the Internet today and Google is the gold standard of search. Google evokes ambivalent feelings. It is adored for its ingenuity, simple, modest-looking interface and superb services offered at no (evident) cost. Yet increasingly, it is feared by privacy advocates who view it as a private sector […]


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Complying with Israeli DP Law: Database Registration, International Transfers and Employee Monitoringomertene

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 22:58:14 +0000

Multinational companies operating in Israel typically face several recurring data protection issues, including local database registration requirements; conditions for international data transfers; and monitoring and surveillance of employees at the workplace. This article briefly outlines the Israeli approach to each of these issues in turn, including notable recent changes and proposals for reform.


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Israeli DP Law: Constitutional, Statutory and Regulatory Reformomertene

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 22:44:05 +0000

In this article, published in the October 2007 issue of Privacy and Data Protection, I review recent changes in Israeli privacy and data protection law. The elevation of the right of privacy to constitutional status has moved the Israeli Supreme Court to extend privacy and data protection beyond the scope of the Privacy Protection Act of […]


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Bi-annual postomertene

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 22:38:17 +0000

Haven’t posted here in quite some time. Decided to start a Hebrew blog instead. Well – maybe a good opportunity to link to a couple of articles I wrote recently.


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Court Imposes Israeli Law on Gibraltar Gambling Websiteomertene

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 22:49:48 +0000

An Israeli Magistrate’s Court ruled last week that the operation of a Gibraltar-based gambling website constitutes a criminal offence in Israel under Israeli law (Israeli Police v. Michael Carlton (in Hebrew)). The website, VictorChandler.com is based in Gibraltar, where gambling is legal. Judge Abraham Hyman reasoned that the website targeted Israeli customers by providing a Hebrew […]


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Googled to prison?omertene

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 10:27:19 +0000

Privacy and data protection in search engine data has taken center stage last year, with the unfortunate revelation by AOL of detailed search records of over 600,000 users (ultimately leading to the resignation of the company’s CTO), and Google’s legal battle with the US government over use of search logs for law enforcement purposes (See […]


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Judges Cite Wikipediaomertene

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 22:26:23 +0000

My students must love this: according to the NYT, courts are increasingly citing Wikipedia in judicial decisions. More than 100 judicial rulings have relied on Wikipedia beginning in 2004, including 13 from circuit courts of appeal. The Supreme Court thus far has never cited Wikipedia. As far as judges go, they don’t get much more conservative […]


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Senator Clinton: Putting Privacy on the Agendaomertene

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 21:55:55 +0000

Wired reports Hillary Clinton has placed privacy and data protection on her Presidential candidate agenda. Senator Clinton supports a “Privacy Bill of Rights“, which would protect citizens’ right to know what’s being done with their personal information, and offer consumers an unprecedented level of control over how such data are used. Quite a refreshing notion […]


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Big Brother’s Little Brother: Your ISPomertene

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 22:24:10 +0000

The US is debating proposed legislation requiring Internet service providers to retain data concerning user traffic for law enforcement purposes. Privacy advocates’ strong opposition to such “data retention” requirements aligns them, oddly enough, with ISPs, which fought similar requirements in Europe. ISPs are concerned with the cost burden of the mass storage and with commercial […]


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Foreign Surveillance: Now Near Youomertene

Sat, 20 Jan 2007 22:08:26 +0000

The New York Times reports the C.I.A. and Pentagon have been issuing “national security letters” to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of US citizens and others suspected of terrorism or espionage. The letters, which augment thousands of national security letters issued by the FBI since Sept. 11,  are seen as part of an […]


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