New measures of the Italian Privacy Authority in order to protect the personal data of citizens whose privacy has been violated by foreign companies
On December 12, 2012, Italian Privacy Authority reported that it is increasing the number of companies, that have their administrative registered office outside the country and the European Union, which violate systematically the personal data of Italian citizens and residents.
Further to this regard, the Italian Privacy Authority acted against the company that manages the social community online www.badoo.com, since some photographs published by an underage girl on another social networking site had been used by a third party to create a false identity on Badoo. The company, at the request of the Authority, decided to voluntarily remove the fake profile. However, the Italian Authority has reserved to request the assistance of the Information Commissioner, the competent authority in the United Kingdom, in case of any other violations.
Finally, the Italian Authority required cooperation to the Canadian Privacy Commissioner in order to identify the company that manages the service provided by the site www.trovanumeri.com that, under a first preliminary investigation, appears to be hosted by a server of a Canadian company. In particular, several Italian citizens have complained about the diffusion on the web, without their consent and without the possibility of opposition – of their personal data (such as name, address and telephone number).
Source: Privacy Authority