The President of the Italian Privacy Authority has publicly expressed his negative opinion on the recent Legislative Decree regarding “Prime disposizioni urgenti per l’economia” (Urgent First Measures for the Economy), also called “Decreto-Sviluppo” (Development Decree), which contains several significant amendments to the Privacy Code.
The President of the Privacy Authority Francesco Pizzetti expressed his concern before the Budget and Finance Parliamentary Committees about the terminology used in the norms and the uncertainty of several articles regarding privacy.
In more precise terms he criticized the exemption from enforcement of the Privacy Code for the handling of data regarding public and private bodies in communications between such bodies and for administration and accountancy purposes. He also expressed his perplexity regarding the article which stipulates that consent to data communications between companies (in specific areas) for administrative and accountancy purposes will no longer be necessary.
In short, the President of the Authority’s objection is that the new rules are difficult to understand and that instead of simplifying procedures, people will be forced to hire professionals to have them more clearly explained.
Finally he also criticized the extension of the opt-out system to ordinary mail marketing communications, according to which it will now be necessary to register with the Register of Objections so as to avoid receiving marketing mail services. An option that, according to Mr.Pizzetti, was considered unnecessary.