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Legislative Decree 69/2012 implements in Italy the e-Privacy Directive 2009/136/EC

On May 28, 2012 the Italian Government issued Legislative Decree no. 69/2012 (“Decree”) implementing in Italy Directive no. 2009/136/EC (which amended Directive 2002/58/EC – “e-Privacy Directive”).

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Data Controllership Assessment

On April 5, 2012 the Italian data protection authority (“Garante”) issued a resolution which found controllership for a company that used personal data, purchased from another company, for telemarketing purposes. The resolution was published on the Garante’s website on May 8, 2012. 

European works quotas for on-demand media service providers

Under Italian law, audiovisual media service providers (both broadcasters and on-demand media service providers) are required to promote the production and distribution of European works(1) under a quota system. The system reflects the general aims of the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (2010/13/EC).(2)

Costa Concordia documentary: media issues surrounding investigations

On January 13 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a rock and ran aground near the western coast of Italy. The circumstances of the grounding and the subsequent rescue operation attracted intense media interest in Italy and abroad.

Crisis could force restart of digital dividend allocation plans

By Ernesto Apa and Dario Morelli

In 2011 two procedures for spectrum allocation were launched in Italy. The first was a spectrum auction to allocate the external digital dividend (ie, frequencies in the 800, 1800, 2000 and 2600 megahertz (MHz) bands) to telecommunications operators for the purpose of developing commercial terrestrial radio systems and public electronic communications, including mobile broadband networks and third and fourth-generation telecommunications systems. 

French court finds Google has editorial control over AdWords advertising

By Francesco e Federica De Santis

On November 14 2011 the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris (TGI) ruled against Google France and Google Ireland, finding that their AdWords service allowed a company to use an individual’s name as a keyword to trigger links to an article and photographs that infringed the individual’s rights to private life. 

Investigation into Apple over iPod and iPad Warranties?

By Dario Morelli

On September 9 2011 an Italian consumer association, the Centro di Ricerca e Tutela dei Consumatori e degli Utenti, published a press release announcing that the Italian Competition Authority had initiated an investigation into four companies on the basis of the association’s claim of alleged unfair commercial practices relating to warranties for Apple iPods and iPads. The four companies in question are Comet SpA (an Italian chain of consumer electronics stores), Apple Retail Italia Srl, Apple Italia Srl and Apple Sales International. 

Supreme Court rules on jurisdiction in online defamation cases

by Barbieri Antonella and Besemer Francesca

The Supreme Court has declared that in online defamation cases, the competent court is the court of the accused's place of residence.(1) The decision in question related to a person who was accused of defamation in two different proceedings; one was heard by the Criminal Court of Sassari (ie, the court of the accused's place of residence) and the other by the Criminal Court of Arezzo, which was the location of the computer server. 

Self-Regulatory Framework for Behavioural Advertising: Greater Transparency and Control for Users

by Apa Ernesto and De Santis Federica

On April 14 2011 IAB Europe, a body representing the European digital industry, released a Europe-wide self-regulatory framework for online behavioural advertising (OBA). The framework includes best practices for enhancing transparency and greater user control over OBA within the European Economic Area.

Defamatory suggestions: what liability for search engines?

By Laura Liguori and Federica De Santis

Following a recent case involving the search engine Yahoo! Italia, another Italian court has addressed the issue of search engine liability. On March 24 2011 the Court of Milan found Google liable for defamation because its auto-complete suggestions paired the plaintiff’s name with defamatory keywords. The court upheld its earlier interim injunction of January 25 2011. 

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