Posted September 13, 2018 09:47:31 An infographic produced by Israel’s government agency for data dissemination is causing a stir in the Middle East.
The Israel Data Communication Commission (IDC), the government agency tasked with disseminating information on the country’s telecommunications network, has published an infographic that purports to show the number of times each country has received a data transfer request from a foreign intelligence service.
“In a nutshell, Israel received 4,971 data transfer requests from foreign intelligence services in 2018,” reads the infographic.
“In contrast, Palestine received 466 data transfer responses.
In terms of frequency, only the Palestinian territories received more data transfer queries than Israel.”
The data is provided by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the IDF’s national intelligence agency, and Israel Telecom, a Tel Aviv-based telecommunications company.
The IDC said it had taken down the infographic in an attempt to prevent a “mishap” that it claimed was perpetrated by a group calling itself the “Israel Information Project.”
The “Israel Data Communication Authority” has denied the claims, calling the data dissemination figures “an exaggeration” and an “inaccurate depiction of our agency’s operations.”
The group said the data was based on the information Israel had shared with its foreign intelligence partners.
It said it was also working on a project that would examine the number and frequency of foreign intelligence requests received by Israeli authorities.