European Data Protection Digest

Garante Examining Investigators, Banks and the Cloud

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

February 11, 2011

The Garante's inspection plan for the first half of 2011 has been enacted, and is expected to focus on private investigators, cloud computing, banks, credit cards, marketing and welfare institutes. The plan provides for verifications of the use of personal data, adoption of safety measures, the length of time data can be stored and the need for consent. More than 250 checks have been scheduled to be carried out with the cooperation of the Italian Guardia di Finanza's privacy unit. In 2010, 474 inspections were carried out and 424 disciplinary actions were taken, with the Garante imposing sanctions amounting to almost €3.8 million. (Report in Italian.)
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