European Data Protection Digest

Privacy Authority OK with Child Abuse Database

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—ITALY

September 17, 2010

Italy's privacy authority says a national database designed to tackle paedophilia and child pornography is legal under data protection laws, Life In Italy reports. Privacy Authority chief Mauro Paissan said last week that proposals drawn up by the Equal Opportunities Ministry comply with the law, but he stressed that the database should be sure to protect victims' identities. The project awaits a feasibility report to be conducted by the ministry. It has been in the works since the establishment of the Paedophilia and Child Pornography Observatory in 2006. The privacy authority has called for data transfers to be encrypted and for information, including victims' names, to be stored using codes to prevent identification.
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