-DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY-
DPA Fines Agency for Employment Data Collection
The Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante) has found that collecting and processing the sensitive personal information of job applicants violates the law and has censored and fined a real estate agency for asking applicants “a disproportioned quantity” of personal questions. The Garante found the practice violated Italy’s Data Protection Code, and further investigation and sanctions may be forthcoming. “It is incredible that notwithstanding strong data protection legislation, we still experience similar shocking data processing in the employment field,” notes Rocco Panetta of Panetta &Associati,” adding that such behaviors expose organizations “to enormous risks of sanctions.”
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Italian DPA Cooperates with International Regulators
Rocco Panetta of Panetta & Associati reports that the Italian data protection authority (Garante) has established three resolutions in the field of international data processing and transfer. Panetta, who is the Garante’s former head of legal, notes cooperation between data protection authorities is increasing when it comes to enforcement profiles. In one case, a data subject made a claim against Italian company “Badoo” for publishing fake profiles by a third party on a UK social network.