By Rocco Panetta
The Italian Data Protection Authority (the Garante) and DIS, the Italian Intelligence Department, entered into a cooperation protocol yesterday. Thanks to it, a number of simultaneous unilateral or bilateral activities which impose more transparency and mutual involvement and consultation have been agreed.
DIS in particular undertakes to inform the Garante about type and number of archives and data banks to be used for their intelligence activities.
This is an extraordinary agreement entered into by very key sensitive functions of the Italian State and a great signal of transparency for the world in reply to all worrying news on Datagate we daily read on newspapers or on the Internet. At the same time, this is a proof of evidence that a different model of cooperation on the ground of the intelligence services is possible. Citizens have to believe that another world is possible and their rights might be protected together with their security and safety.
Rocco Panetta is an Italian lawyer and managing 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.