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ILITA Fines on the Rise

PRIVACY LAW—ISRAEL

June 22, 2010

This week the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA) imposed a $70,000 (NIS 258,000) fine on a company for providing its customers with illicitly obtained personal data on debtors. Legal consultant Omer Tene writes for the Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog that ILITA has used its increased levying powers, which were handed down recently by the Israeli parliament, to fine several controllers from both public and private sectors. A pending government-sponsored bill would increase ILITA's fining powers even more--up to $1 million--and give it broader powers of search, seizure and interrogation, if passed.
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