Country Rankings - Israel
Sep 19, 2016 Israel: ominousFrom corporate, to individual transparency matters. And maybe it's too early to write an obituary to privacy. But if it's not completely dead yet, some recent developments suggest that it is terminal decline, and nearing the end. One of them was the ruling by Israel's Supreme Court against a FATCA injunction imposed just a couple of weeks before. While this didn't come as a complete shock to me, something Justice Meltzer said in justifying his decision sent a shiver or two down my spine. Essentially, he argued that in today's world, the state's need to know what their citizens are up to trumps said citizens' right to privacy. You'd probably expect that sort of statement from a senior figure in the security services. So coming from a court in a nation like Israel, with its proudly independent judiciary, it was quite ominous. Not that I'm suggesting in any way that undue influence has been exerted in this case. But it just goes to show how far attitudes to privacy have changed.