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Volume: 15 Issue: 3
(March 2018)

supervisory authority enforcement


Israel: Knesset proposes enhancement of PPA's enforcement powers

Data Protection Leader confirmed, on 1 March 2018, with Dalit Ben-Israel and Efrat Artzi, Partner and Senior Privacy Lawyer respectively at Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co., Advocates, that the Proposed Protection of Privacy Law (Amendment No. 13), 5768-2018 (‘the Bill’) was published, on 27 February 2018, by the Israeli Parliament (‘Knesset’). The Bill, which has passed the first reading, proposes to enhance the Privacy Protection Authority’s (‘PPA’) supervision and enforcement of the Protection of Privacy Law, 5741-1981 (‘the PPL’), particularly by authorising the PPA to impose large administrative fines.

Dan Or-Hof, Founder of Or-Hof Technology & IP Law, said, “The Bill is particularly important in light of the considerable technological and commercial changes that have occurred during the last three decades. These changes create new risks to the right to privacy and the Ministry of Justice believes that better enforcement would tackle these risks successfully. Much like EU data protection laws, the PPL applies to the private and public sectors. The Bill provides a scale of maximum fines on the basis of the volume of data processed and its sensitivity. Therefore, companies who process data on a large scale (one million records or more) with highly sensitivity data, will face the highest fines for breaches of privacy.” 

If passed, the Bill will enable the PPA to impose initial fines of NIS 5,000 (approx. €1,170) to NIS 800,000 (approx. €186,910) for violations of the PPL. Moreover, for severe violations, the initial amount can be increased two or fourfold, meaning that organisations could face up to NIS 3.2 million (approx. €748,030) in fines.


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