Yoram Hacohen founded Hacohen & Co. in 2014, a year after concluding his term as Head of ILITA, Israel's data protection and Electronic Signature regulator (today: Israel's Privacy Protection Authority). Yoram is also the CEO of ISOC-IL, the manager of .IL ccTLD and Israel's leading digital rights NGO. Yoram was a senior researcher a the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and focused on Cyber, Technology and law issues.
In 2006 attorney Hacohen was appointed by the Israeli government to establish and lead the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA) - Israel's data protection authority. As head of ILITA, Hacohen served as the national regulator for data protection and e-privacy, for credit information bureaus, and for certification authorities for electronic signatures.
Under his leadership, the ILITA became a modern technology-focused data protection authority, and the law & technology knowledge center for the Israeli public administration. During his term as head of ILITA Hacohen led various technological cyber privacy enforcement actions, and participated in the process of establishing Israel's cyber security framework. His term as head of ILITA ended in April 2013.
Mr. Hacohen represented ILITA before the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) the government, and the media.
He represented Israel at various international fora such as:
head of the Israeli delegation to ICCP and WPISP committees of the OECD (where he served as vice-chair for WPISP during 2011, and vice-chair of the experts group that recommended updates of the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data);
chair of the 2010 "Privacy: Generations" data protection and privacy commissioners international conference in Jerusalem and member of the international executive board for the following conference 2010-2011;
leader of the process vis-à-vis the European Commission in which Israel was declared as having an adequate data protection regime according to Directive 95/46/EC requirements.
Attorney Hacohen is a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 1992. He received Bachelor of Laws degree (L.Lb) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MBA from the Recanati School of Management at Tel Aviv University (Com Laude).
Mr. Hacohen has a long history of data security and electronic publishing entrepreneurship. He established Israel’s first PKI certification authority for digital signatures, and founded and served as editor in chief in CDI System, an electronic publishing vendor that e-published legal information using sophisticated search engine ("Takdin"). He was a CEO of a start-up that developed technologies to e-publish music notes, and a consultant on law & technology matters for public and private sectors.
Yoram was one of the founders of the Haifa Center for Law and Technology, and taught courses in leading Israeli universities about electronic evidence and computer crimes, legal aspects of e-commerce, and hi-tech entrepreneurship. Yoram also served duing the 80's as an Intelligence officer (rank: Major) in the Israeli Air Force.