This table summarizes the new Italian Data Retention Regulation.
|Data and Retention scope||Retention Duration||Provision|
|Traffic-related data not included in Sect. 123 para I and II Data protection code||Anonnymized or deleted when no more necessary||Sect. 123, Para I|
|Traffic data strictly needed for billing purposes, and/or support customer claims||6 mpnths, or more, in case of legal action||Sect. 123, Para 2|
|Traffic data for marketing purposes, or Value Added Serice purposes||As needed, only if the customer opted-in||Sect. 132, Para 3|
|Traffic data (voice) for criminal investigation purposes||24 months||Sect. 132, Para 1|
|Traffic data (digital) for criminal investigation||12 months||Sect. 132, Para 1|
|Unanswered call-related data||30 days||Sect. 132, Para 1-bis|
|Network related Traffic Data – upon concerned authorities order, for preemptive investigation and/or prosecute specific crimes –||From 90 Days, up to six months||Art. 132, c. 1-quater|
On May, 8 2008 the Court of Modica (Sicily) ruled that a website identified by a “heading” and publishing contents on a periodic basis is subjected to the regulation of newspapers or magazines and – in general – or in ? press.
The result is that an anti-mafia webmaster has been indicted for committing the crime of “clandestine publication” because he didn’t request the Tribunal’s authorisation to publish his site www.accadeinsicilia.net.
The “Catch 22” comes because to obtain this authorisation, this webmaster should have been a journalist, member of the national journalist association or the permit wouldn’t be granted. Then, nobody but a journalist can run a website, because nobody but a journalist can obtain the Court registration.
The legal paradox is a consequence of the fact that, before the internet came, publisihing a newspaper meant investing huge money in equipment, people, distribution etc. Thus it was easy for ? “power” to control the press with a series of adminstrative burdens. Now, with the free availability of content management system like WordPress, and the low cost of internet-based services, ? publishing a magazine is absolutely affordable. So the “power” – namely, Law 62/01 – tried in a very messy way to reassert its control over the information flow.
It is simply a nonsense affirm that since a website has a “heading” and publishes daily information, then it is a newspaper. Following this line of reasoning, it is enough – to not infringe the law – to “restrain” from publishing on due dates… Killing free speech starts from here.
IBLC fourth edition deals with the impact of building a forensic oriented Italian DNA database.
Just for the curious, here is the programme:
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2008 – h 14,00/18,15
Palazzo delle Stelline Sala PORTA
Corso Magenta 61 – Milano (IT)
h. 14,00/14,15 – Registration
Opening and welcome speech
Leonardo Santi President
National Committee for Biosecurity, Biotechnology and Life Science – Council of Ministers
Guido Romeo, Journalist, Nòva24 – IlSole24Ore
Personal DNA-based identification: from collection to sample analysys
Researcher, IEO – Europea Institute of Oncology
DNAbase Security: hardware and software infrastructures
Andrea Cocito, Campus IEO-IFOM
Biobanks and Italian Biotech industry role
Leonardo Biondi, Biopolo S.c.r.l.
h. 16,00/16,30 – Coffee break
Case history: the National DNA Database in the UK
Stephen Firth, Firth Consulting
Myth and reality of DNA-based investigations
Vice President, ALCEI – Electronic Frontiers Italy
“Of Crime and Gene”
Giovanni Boniolo, Professor of philosophy of Science, Università degli Studi di Padova – IFOM Milano
WHAT IS IBLC
IBLC stands for Italian Biotech Law Conference, the first Italian scientific conference dealing, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with life-science, information technology and law.
IBLC father is Andrea Monti, an Italian lawyer and legal scholar,researching, since more than 14 years, the field of ICT legal issues.
IBLC was born in 2004 as an Italian Cyberspace Law Conference; spinoff, with title Bioinformatics Research between IP protection and information free flow.
The discussant where dr. Marcella Attimonelli (associate professor of molecular biology at the University of Bari) and dr. Paolo Vezzoni (researcher at the National Research Council’s Institute of Biomedical Technologies).
IBLC second edition (2005) the title Protection of Biotech Assets, Market, Freedom of Research has been discussed by dr. Enrico Dainese (associate professor at Teramo University Comparative Biomedical Science Dept.), dr. Giampiero Di Plinio (professor of Public Comparative Law at the University of Chieti), dr. Piero Fariselli (researcher at the Department of Biology – University of Bologna), dr. Andrea Cocito (FIRC Foundation of Molecular Oncology’s bioinformatics group.)
Third edition (2007) has been possible with the invaluable help ho FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology and asked the question: Who owns bioinformation? (Possible) answers came from the following high profile scholars and researchers, managed by Giovanni Boniolo (conference chair – University of Padova, IT, Dept. of Philosophy): Pier Paolo Di Fiore – Andrea Cocito FIRC – IFOM, Luciano Floridi – Oxford University (UK), Giovanni Ziccardi – University of Milan, IT, Marco Ventura – University of Siena.
IFOM-FIRC and Biopolo sustained the fourth edition: Gen-ethics and BioBanks: between market and law enforcement profiling that obtained the endorsment of the National Committee for Biosecurity, Biotechnology and Life Science – Council of Ministers.
Past edition’s speakers talked about:
* What is bioinformatics (M. Attimonelli)
* Human genome variability: privacy and social-ethics issues (M. Attimonelli)
* Open source and bioinformatics software licensing (A. Cocito)
* Bioinformatics and protein structure analysys (E. Dainese)
* Biosequences analysys: database, technics and standard. A technical introduction for “the rest of us” (P. Fariselli)
* Open source, copyrights and bioinformatics (A. Monti)
* Genetic research, biotechnology, information access, economic applications (P. Vezzoni)
* How to build bioinformation (A.Cocito)
* What is bioinformation (L.Floridi)
* Semantic ambiguities, intellectual property, law (G.Ziccardi)
* Bioinformation and Public Policies (M.Ventura)