I thought the results of the Israeli court case deserved their own post.
According to the report, the judge in this case has determined that our expectation of privacy in the modern world is limited. Therefore, Israel must comply with the United States FATCA demands and perform the transfer to the U.S. of the (excuse me) private financial information of Israeli citizens living in Israel just because they have some sort of nominal association with the U.S.
The issue that was completely missed in this case was discrimination, a shocking oversight considering the historical background of the judge’s nation. I hope that Mr. Arvay in his prosecution of the Canadian lawsuit will stress this point heavily. Regardless of whether or not privacy must be held as a limited “right” in modern society, it should be equally limited and not more limited for some citizens than for others. As it now stands in Israel, Canada and every other country in the world, those deemed by the United States to be Americans have even greater limitations placed on their privacy than any other members of their populations.
That is the issue. That is the injustice. That is the wrong. That is our cause.