The Garante has recently published some useful FAQs regarding the controls and the sanctions provided for by Legislative Decree no. 196/2003 (the Italian Personal Data Protection Code). Aim of these FAQs is to provide a general overview of (i) the administrative sanctions that may be incurred by the data controllers or processors in case of non-compliance with the requirements laid down by the Code and (i) the way in which relevant proceedings are conducted by the Garante.

This document is particularly useful in order to identify the main aspects of the sanctioning procedures, such as the possibility to make a reduced pre-payment, the requirements to be fulfilled in connection with the drafting and filing of a defense brief and the cases in which the person(s) involved in the processing may require to be heard by the competent department of the Garante. The FAQs may be examined at the following link.