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June 25, 2012 8:15 am

Controversial Israeli Law May Require Identification of Internet Postings

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Israeli Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman. Photo: www.quikma.net.

Israel Hayom – In a controversial move that may limit the way people in Israel access online information, the Knesset Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a proposal on Sunday that may force Internet service providers to disclose computer identities of people who write talkback messages on Web pages.

The proposal, which was initiated by the Justice Ministry, would enable courts to order ISPs to reveal who is behind a particular talkback response so they can be sued for damages, slander, violation of intellectual property rights and other infractions.

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