The international community must, “.... ensure that global companies and Internet giants like Facebook, Twitter or Google are held accountable for the irresponsible handling of users personal data,” Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked told delegates at yesterday's Cyber Week plenary in Tel Aviv.
She added that: “We must act to ensure that privacy laws are respected worldwide. We live in a global economy and indeed encourage international cooperation. We should not allow companies from other countries to disregard the right to privacy and the laws that have been legislated to protect our citizens.”
Shaked noted both the benefits and tremendous risks we face in the digital age with regards to our privacy saying: “Digital interfaces make it possible to reach our personal data and exploit it in many different ways. Not necessarily in ….our best interests. This creates a great challenge to our right of privacy.” She added: “Israel cannot and should not be left behind. As a western democracy we are committed to respect, promote, and protect the right of privacy and data security. A data-centric economy brings many benefits to human life and to the quality of living, but we should make sure that the price that our society is required to pay during this process is not too high.”