On July 13, 2020, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, “Garante”) announced that it levied a €16,729,600 fine on telecoms provider Wind Tre S.p.A. (“Wind Tre”) for several unlawful data processing activities, mostly related to direct marketing.

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On March 17, 2020, the Executive Committee of the Global Privacy Assembly issued a statement giving their support to the sharing of personal data by organizations and governments for the purposes of fighting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On February 1, 2020, the Italian Data Protection Authority announced that it had levied a fine of 27.8 Million Euros on TIM S.p.A., a telecommunications company, for several unlawful marketing data processing practices.
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On November 18, 2014, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams held the second workshop in its ongoing work on the risk-based approach to privacy and a Privacy Risk Framework. Approximately 70 Centre members, privacy regulators and other privacy experts met in Brussels to discuss the benefits and challenges of the risk-based approach, operationalizing risk assessments within organizations, and employing risk analysis in enforcement.
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On June 6, 2013, the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs Council held legislative deliberations regarding the key issues of the European Commission’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation. The discussions were based on the Irish Presidency’s draft compromise text on Chapters I to IV of the Proposed Regulation.
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Data protection authorities from ten countries around the world issued a strongly worded letter to Google expressing concern about the company’s privacy practices, and signaling an intent to pursue multilateral enforcement measures.

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In February 24, 2010, an Italian court in Milan found three Google executives guilty of violating applicable Italian privacy laws.  The executives were accused of violating Italian law by having allowed a video showing an autistic teenager being bullied to be posted online.  The Google executives, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, Chief Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer and former Chief Financial Officer George Reyes, were fined and received six-month suspended jail sentences.
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