European Data Protection Digest

Parliament Appoints New Garante Board

PRIVACY—ITALY

June 7, 2012

Italy’s Parliament has appointed the new board of its data protection agency (Garante) to include former MP Soro, Head of Legislative Office of the Ministry of Justice Iannini, former MP Bianchi Clerici and Constitutional Law Professor Califano. According to a post by Panetta & Associati, the appointment process has received criticism on social networks and from the main press agencies due to the absence of transparency in the appointment; the lack of a public discussion and public hiring of the candidates, and the fact that professionals appointed are neither technically experts strictu sensu in data protection nor part of the privacy community. The board will serve for the next seven years during the implementation of the new regulation, facing emerging challenges.
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