The Italian Council of Ministers has approved the legislative decree for harmonizing Italian Law with the rules of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27th April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and which repeals Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation).
After examination by the specially appointed Commission, the decision was taken to update the existing data protection code with the aim of simplifying the application of the new law, despite the regulation effectively changing the perspective of the approach to data protection in contrast to the previous code, by introducing the principle of accountability.
In order to guarantee continuity, the provisions of the Italian Supervisory Authority and its authorizations, which will be subject to a subsequent review will remain in force for a transitional period, as will also the current codes of conduct. The codes of conduct remain unchanged in their current form in those matters falling under the jurisdiction of individual Member States, while they can be summarized and modified at the initiative of the categories involved as “sector specific codes”.
With a view to meeting the specific needs for simplification of micro, small and medium-sized companies, the Authority will encourage simplified procedures for the fullfilment of controllers’ obligations.