Following Likud App Breach, Regulator Descends on Offices of Suspected Developer
A day after Calcalist reported a security breach in a campaign management app used by Israeli ruling party Likud had exposed the country’s voting registrar, the Privacy Protection Authority ordered an inspection at the offices of “one of the companies suspected of being the source of the leak”
Omer Kabir | 10:55 11.02.2020
A day after Calcalist reported the details of almost 6.5 million Israelis may have been leaked online following a breach in the campaign management app of ruling party Likud, the country’s Privacy Protection Authority has decided to carry out a supervisory process at the offices of “one of the companies suspected of being the source of the leak,” per a Monday announcement from the authority. Last week, Calcalist’s Hebrew version reported on the two main apps—developed by Elector Software Ltd. and YaYaSoft Software Systems Ltd.—used by political players such as parties and candidates to manage their campaigns and motivate supporters to vote. In an interview done at the time, Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler of Jerusalem-based independent research center the Israel Democracy Institute warned on the lack of regulation in the sector, though the founders of both companies waived security and privacy concerns aside. The Privacy Protection Authority, in response, settled for refreshing its guidelines regarding the use of private citizen information and inviting party representatives to conferences on the issue.