Privacy Law Client Update - Goldfarb Seligman

Amendment 14 to the Privacy Protection Law - Financial Sanctions of up to 3.2 Million ILS

Dear Clients,
On January 24, 2022, a government bill amending the Privacy Protection Law, "Amendment 14" to the law, was passed on first reading. It is important to clarify that a bill enters into force only after it has passed three readings, and therefore it is still a bill and not a binding law.

Amendment 14 to the law introduces some significant changes, including increasing the enforcement powers of the Privacy Protection Authority - and in particular expanding its power to impose financial sanctions for violating the provisions of the law and adding the power to impose financial sanctions for violating Data Security Regulations; increasing the level of financial sanctions, with the highest sanction standing at 3.2 million ILS; limiting the obligation to register databases to certain databases; updating the main definitions in the Privacy Protection Law, in order to conform with to the definitions in the GDPR (these are important definitions underlying privacy protection laws); and adding additional criminal offenses for not complying with the provisions of the law.

In this context, it should be noted that on January 25, 2022, the Privacy Protection Authority issued a document recommending that organizations and companies from all different sectors of the market appoint Data Protection Officers (DPOs), in alignment with GDPR regulations.

If the proposed Amendment 14 is passed, the enforcement powers of the Privacy Protection Authority will be strengthened and the sanctions for violation will be significantly increased, both in the case of financial sanctions and in the criminal aspect. In light of the above, we recommend that companies prepare for these changes in advance, in case they take effect, and ensure that they comply with the rules of the regulation. In this context, please note that the Privacy Protection Authority does not only passively await complaints regarding specific violations, but conducts periodical proactive audits.

We will send an additional update if Amendment 14, in part or in full, enters into force.



For more information, please contact: 


Gal Sion | Partner, International Corporate and Securities Department
Yael Edell Rosenmann | Associate, Corporate and Technology Department



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