Israeli legislators have submitted several bills threatening internet freedom in recent years. Israel Internet Association regularly participates in Knesset committees’ discussions, publishes position papers, and cooperates with the relevant authorities and the media to prevent censorship and infringement of internet freedom. Here are a few examples:
Filtering Inappropriate Content for Minors – several variations of such bills have been submitted over the years (since 2007). The proposals seemingly address the real problem of minors exposed to offensive content online, but in practice seek to filter content by default, effectively violating fundamental rights – freedom of expression, the right to privacy, freedom of occupation, and the right to compete – while giving parents the false impression that their children are protected.
The Facebook Bill was a government bill targeting social networks, allowing the state to petition the Administrative Court to issue an order for the removal of offensive content that could harm an individual or compromise public or national security.
ISOC-IL has objected to the proposed bill, claiming its vague, disproportionate measures would mean law enforcement agencies have a lower incentive to locate and apprehend online offenders, consequently harming the Israeli public, because the content in question will remain visible and accessible to the rest of the world (or to those who access the web using a non-Israeli IP address).