Protection of privacy is recognized in Israel as a basic right (parallel to constitutional rights) under the Basic Law: Human dignity and Liberty. The protection of privacy and data is regulated under the Privacy Protection Act, 5741-1981 (PPA). Although the PPA was enacted before the Basic Law, further to amended no. 4 in the year 1996, the protection of private data was added thereto. On May 8, 2018, the Privacy Protection Regulations (Data Security), 5757-2017 (PPR) came into force, setting data security standards and establishing organizational mechanisms and operational requirements aimed at making data security part of the routine management of every organization. These regulations apply to anyone holding a database related to individuals in digital databases (e.g. customers, employees, suppliers, patients and more) and impose strict measures to the protection of such databases according to the degree of sensitivity of the data collected therein, including the duty to record the database with the Privacy Protection Authority (PPA).
Gilat, Bareket & Co. of our Group provides legal assistance with respect to defining the database held by our clients and applying the adequate measures required for such databases under the PPR, as well as, inter alia, preparing appropriate documentation as required by the PPA and drawing up data process agreements. Moreover, the firm advises on various legal issues arising from the collection and use of data.