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Court Restricts Monitoring of Employee E-mail

PRIVACY LAW—ISRAEL

February 11, 2011

Israel's National Labor Court has set out rules for employers' monitoring of workers' e-mails. Dan Or-Hof, CIPP, of Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, writes that "The rules impose severe restrictions...and employers should consider reforming their workplace policies accordingly." The rules state that employers must establish policies on e-mail monitoring and must inform employees of the policies. They also establish clear guidelines on when and how e-mail monitoring is permitted. "Employers should carefully study the opinion and make all necessary adjustments to comply with its requirements," Or-Hof writes. "Specific attention should be given to...harmonizing the corporate information security system and policies with a new pro-privacy workplace environment."
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