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Last week the European Commission formally approved Israel's data protection laws as being adequate for the purposes of the Data Protection Directive (see link to the Commission's decision here). Data protection and privacy in Israel is overseen by the ILITA (the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority) which has the power to investigate and intervene in cases where it suspects a breach of data protection and privacy laws has occurred. Formal approval effectively confirms a decision made by the EU back in October 2010 (see Datonomy's previous post here) to add Israel to the list countries whose data protection laws have been deemed by the EU to be sufficiently strong enough to protect personal data to a level that is equivalent to protection afforded by EU Member States. Prior to the decision the only countries that had been approved by the EU were Switzerland, Argentina, the Bailiwick of … Continue Reading ››
Last month Datonomy reported that objections by the Republic of Ireland had delayed completion of a data adequacy agreement between Israel and the EU (see Datonomy post "Irish politicking delays Israeli EU Data Protection Deal"). However, reports in the press this week (see the article in Israel's Jerusalem Post newspaper at http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=192913) seem to suggest that on 25 October 2010 the EU formally approved the adequacy of Israel's "Privacy Act" despite Irish reservations. Datonomy has been unable to locate any official EU source confirming this development. [Ed - are any of our readers able to point to an official EU statement?] EU approval elevates Israel to an elite group of countries whom the EU deems have sufficiently adequate data protection laws, until this announcement that group included only Argentina, Canada, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Switzerland and the Faroe Islands. If confirmed, Israel's data adequacy agreement with the EU is … Continue Reading ››
Objections by the Republic of Ireland last week delayed a deal between the State of Israel and the European Union over the transfer of personal data relating to EU citizens. As Datonomy readers know, data export rules to safeguard EU citizens' personal data only permit the transfer of such data out of the EU to countries that are deemed to have adequate data protection laws which are effectively akin to the standards adhered to by all EU member states. By entering into a "data adequacy agreement" with another country, the EU officially recognises that such country's data protection regime is suitably robust at protecting EU citizens' personal data. Data adequacy agreements are attractive to countries because they help to promote trade and commerce between such countries and the EU, removing the need for organisations which are transferring personal data out of an EU member state to seek approval to the transfer … Continue Reading ››