Inside the Israeli Ministry of Justice, sits The Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA). It’s aim is to strengthen data protection and privacy issues in Israel. By all accounts, it appears to be doing a very good job.
On Tuesday, 23 March, 2010, it held a study day on “issues relating to the collection and processing of data in the context of internet websites”. The talks were extremely interesting, even for a non-lawyer like myself. What struck me, though, is the extent to which lawyers and legislators are struggling today with technologies that have been around for years, particularly cookies. If they still haven’t worked out how to deal with them, what chance that the law will look forward and think about how it might deal with emerging technologies in the future?