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Court Dismisses Data Retention Case


December 3, 2010

The Tel-Aviv district court has ruled that mobile phone subscribers do not have a general right to have their phone records deleted. Cellular providers maintain and store a record of calls made by subscribers, including phone numbers of calls made and received, call durations and call dates and times. "The court viewed phone records retention as a potential threat to an individual's privacy," Dan Or-Hof, CIPP, of Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, tells the Privacy Advisor. "However, the court further ruled that data retention embodies advantages and benefits as well...The court ruled that the plaintiff did not prove, or even argue, that defendants used the records in a manner inconsistent with the registered purposes of their databases."
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