Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italians' privacy at risk, watchdog tells parliament

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Rome, June 11 - Italy's privacy watchdog told the
House Tuesday that citizens' privacy was at risk and announced
that a "general provision" on information gathering will be
adopted in the weeks ahead as a safeguard.
Commenting on his first annual report to parliament,
Antonello Soro said the provision would aim "to indicate
appropriate solutions to elevate the standard of data-protection
treaties and to prevent undue disclosure".
His statements came on the heels of confirmed leaks that
the US National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the phone
records of tens of millions of Americans and scouring the
Internet use of foreigners with the aim of fighting terrorist
attacks.
Soro rejected the model adopted in the US and called for
tougher safeguards in the European Union.
But he added that data surveillance is a "fundamental and
irreplaceable investigative resource that must be managed with
caution".
He added that information leaks must also be avoided.
"In addition to damaging investigations, they risk
violating the dignity of the interested parties," he said,
warning against resulting "transcription journalism" that
ultimately produces low-quality information.
"In the age of non-stop online access, there is a myth that
absolute transparency eliminates every opacity," he said.
"Total transparency, instead, does not equal truth and
protecting information does not always mean someone is hiding
something unsavoury. It's a fundamental requirement of politics
just as it is in private lives".

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