For the better, but not right away.

As we all know, since a few some years there are precise rules on privacy (Legislative Decree 30 June 2003, n. 196), and often we hear that something "must be done for the" or "it’s not allowed because of privacy”.

So far, however, there was no rule on right to be forgotten, namely the right to be deleted from the Internet material or harmful information in violation of the right to privacy.

 In 2014 it stepped in the European Court of Justice to establish some principles.

The new European regulation on privacy, which should be approved in the coming weeks, instead will establish for the first time that right to oblivion. The most important aspect is that this can be enforced by a European citizen also in respect of Internet operators who are based outside the European Union, such as multinational companies like Google or Facebook.

This is great news for the privacy rights of all.

But we have to wait two years, as the new European regulation will enter into force only in 2018.

(June 14, 2016 – Avv. Roberto Nicolini)


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