On January 5, 2010, the Article 29 Working Party published an opinion dated December 1, 2009, finding that Israeli data protection law largely provides an “adequate level of data protection” under the European Union Data Protection Directive 95/46.  The European Commission will now take this opinion into account when determining whether to issue an “adequacy

On December 1, 2008, a strict anti-spam law came into effect in Israel.  The legislation, enacted as an amendment to the country’s Communications Law, prohibits the delivery of advertisements using mobile text messaging, email, fax or automatic dialing systems without first obtaining the recipient’s explicit written consent.  The law contains several exceptions to the prior