European Data Protection Digest

Regulator: Privacy Bill Goes Too Far

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

July 2, 2010

Francesco Pizzetti, Italy's privacy regulator, is raising concerns that draft legislation passed by the senate earlier this month does too much to limit media coverage of criminal cases, Bloomberg reports. The bill "objectively shifts the balance between press freedom and privacy completely in favor of privacy," Pizzetti said in his annual speech to parliament. "In doing this, a danger to press freedom is created." Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who supports the bill, has cautioned that pervasive wiretap leaks have led to "people being tried in the press," the report states. Debate on the bill is set to begin in the Chamber of Deputies on 29 July.
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