European Data Protection Digest

Garante Reapproves General Authorisations

DATA PROTECTION—ITALY

January 15, 2010

The Italian Data Protection Authority (IDPA), known as the Garante, again approved seven general authorisations dealing with the processing of personal, sensitive and judiciary data in various fields and for different purposes. The authorisations, which were first approved last year, concern data with regards to employment, sexuality, genetics and healthcare, in addition to data processed by professional, financial and insurance institutions and that used by private investigators. The authorisations will be in force until June 2011, except that concerning genetic data, which will elapse on April 30, 2010. The aim is to ensure that the processing of sensitive and judiciary data in such fields will be possible based on the interested person's consent only (or in presence of any alternative tool to the consent), with no need for an ad hoc green light from the IDPA. (Story in Italian.)
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