Privacy Advisor

ITALY—Soro Contests Government Measures Simplifying Data Protection Code

June 24, 2013

By Rocco Panetta

Garante President Antonello Soro has strongly argued and contested the Italian government’s recent measures aimed at simplifying the Data Protection Code as they are considered clearly in breach of the EU Directive, Lisbon Treaty and Italian laws as well.

The government recently approved a measure aimed at limiting the application of the protection to data of individual entrepreneurs, with the scope of reducing cumbersome and bureaucratic activities to them. The measure is not operating any simplification or reduction of the bureaucracy while it is dramatically reducing rights and opportunities for individual entrepreneurs.

This is not the first time the Italian government and Parliament operate out of the scope of the EU legislation in the field of personal data protection. This is the dramatic signal of a decreasing of the privacy culture especially at a political level and amongst entrepreneurs and the business community.

Rocco Panetta is an Italian lawyer and partner of Panetta & Associati Studio Legale in Rome. He is the former head of legal at the Italian Data Protection Authority and a member of the IAPP Europe Advisory Board.