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The EU is Re-evaluating the Recognition of Israel’s Adequacy for Cross-Border Data Transfers

The European Union is reexamining its 2011 adequacy finding of Israel which had cleared the path for cross-border transfers of personal data from the EU to Israel, the Head of the Israeli Privacy Protection Authority, Adv. Alon Bachar, revealed at a conference held by Pearl Cohen’s Internet, Cyber and Copyright Group on "Europe and Israel: The Data Protection Revolution ...

Israel Tax Authority Clarifies Taxation Rules for ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings)

The Israel Tax Authority has published a circular draft on taxation applicable to companies that raise money through ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and to those who hold ICO tokens. The circular is intended to apply only to the issuance of Utility Tokens, namely tokens issued by a central entity that represent an obligation of the issuing entity to provide the ...

The UK Privacy Regulator Imposes an Unprecedented Fine for Inadequate Data Security

The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK privacy regulator, has imposed an unprecedented fine of £400,000 against the British telecommunications retailer Carphone Warehouse. The action was taken as an aftermath of a cyber-attack that compromised personal data of more than three million Carphone Warehouse consumers and 1,000 employees. The ICO found that Carphone Warehouse violated the ...

CJEU Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook in any EU Country, But Not by Class Action

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that Facebook users in Europe may file consumer lawsuits against the social network in their home countries rather than in Facebook’s headquarters in Ireland, but may do so only in their individual capacity and not by class action suits. The decision was delivered in the continuing legal battle between ...

Israeli Government Promotes Far-Reaching Enforcement Powers to the Privacy Regulator

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation has approved to promote legislation of a 2011 bill introducing comprehensive amendments to the Protection of Privacy Law giving far-reaching enforcement powers to the Israeli privacy regulator. The bill will now head to the Knesset, the Israeli legislature, for first reading.

According to the bill’s version from 2011, the Israeli privacy regulator will be ...

The UK Privacy Regulator Imposes an Unprecedented Fine for Inadequate Data Security

The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK privacy regulator, has imposed an unprecedented fine of £400,000 against the British telecommunications retailer Carphone Warehouse. The action was taken as an aftermath of a cyber-attack that compromised personal data of more than three million Carphone Warehouse consumers and 1,000 employees. The ICO found that Carphone Warehouse violated the ...

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