High Court upholds legality of ‚Big Brother‘ legislation

29.05.2012                      08.Siwan. 5772                    Isru Chag


High Court upholds legality of 'Big Brother' legislation

Law allows police to obtain communications data about any Israeli citizen from the country's Internet and mobile and landline telephone providers.

The High Court of Justice upheld the constitutionality of a 2008 law allowing state investigators to obtain information about citizens' telephone, e-mail and text message use, on Monday. However, the justices also imposed restrictions on the collection of information under the Communication Data Law, popularly known as the "Big Brother Law", specifying it can only be used in investigations of specific suspects or victims, not "fishing expeditions"….