EU Takes legal Action Against Italy
PRIVACY LAW—ITALYJanuary 29, 2010
The European Commission (EC) on Thursday took legal action against Italy for non-compliance with EU ePrivacy rules, according to a commission press release. The EC sent Italian authorities a formal notice for failing to notify individuals about the transfer of their personal information from phone directories to a marketing telecommunications database, the release states. "Not only is it worrying to see that Italian legislation does not comply with the privacy requirements set out in the [EU ePrivacy] Directive," said EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding, the commission is also concerned that Italian authorities failed to gain the consent of those whose personal data was affected. Italy has two months to reply.