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The guarantor of Privacy, great manoeuvres for the successor of Soro. And refer to the 27
YOU SLED. Postponed once again the appointment of the Authority for Privacy. The vote would have been held today, but for the decision of the group leaders of the political parties, was postponed to 27 February. Same fate for the nomination of the Agcom. In short, come the long awaited moment, the fibrillations of the majority, with Italy Alive who claims a role in the appointments, they would skip everything to the last minute. They would have, because maybe in the case of appointments to privacy, things are different.

on The 19th of June last, is, in fact, expired on the mandate of Antonello Soro as the Guarantor for the protection of personal data. Since then, the chair is vacant because of the referrals and the rumors that have ignited so many candidates from the top names: Luigi Manconi , John Legnini , Guido Scorza , Stefano Aterno , and many others. Someone for reasons of opportunity - the have represented the big tech companies like Google and Facebook in court -and others, for the lack of agreement within the same political forces that had them listed.

the four finalists in the race to the Guarantor of privacy remained until yesterday were the jurist Oreste Pollicino for Cinquestelle, the professor Pasquale Stanzione for the Pd, the vice-president of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa the Brothers of Italy, a name still unknown to the League that it would glide on that of the former under secretary Luciano Barra Caracciolo . Pd and Cinquestelle had painstakingly found the quadra on Stanzione president to prevent that in the event of a stall were to be appointed for reasons of seniority of the lawyer Ignazio La Russa from the members of the board, as required by the privacy code. The Russian has 72 years, Stanzione 74 and this put him in pole position. But in this scheme, say the rumors, has just slipped Raffaele Squitieri which age 78. Born in Mogadishu, former president of the Court of Auditors, in altitude Brothers of Italy, Squitieri has the great merit of being the oldest of all the others so far in the race. Then with the newcomer to the tie between the two favorites by the majority, tom Thumb, and Stanzione, and two of the opposition, the league and Squitieri, would lead the latter to the vertices of the Authority because the more senior Stanzione, in virtue of that article 153 of the Code of privacy that the previous guarantors would have wanted to change that. Result? Now it is all over again.

However, as noticed by some observers, including Fabio Chiusi , the race to find a candidate more and more the elderly is only the symptom, not the cause of the problem, which instead concerns the selection criteria of the college, which should be based on transparency and the public interest, especially in an era in which the management and protection of data are the new battleground. It is not a secret that the complex management of the new regulation of privacy, the Gdpr, and the heavy penalties for anyone who fails to comply with, but also the thefts of data to the detriment of banks, PA and social networks, the problems of artificial intelligence and the property of the big data needed to teach her, will be the daily themes of the Authority until its next expiration in 2026. An Authority as well sottofinanziata and short of staff, with the president Antonello Soro resigned, so far, is destreggiata between european standards and trade wars, managing to safeguard the public heritage of data extracted from the large platforms.

A job that requires a leap of quality for years to come. The pervasiveness of information technology, that is, a scenario in which the computer will be in the paint of the doors and handles, the lawfulness of the use of spyware, the so-called trojan horses of the state, the drones used for commercial espionage and political, the biometric identification at the borders of europe and the 17 million record facial system Sari only in Italy require a commitment and level of competence is very high and not only of a legal nature to be addressed. For this, the detractors of the choices so far made by the parties, underlining that none of the candidates emerged to be a computer expert of the first level, the scholar of cybersecurity or artificial intelligence, and that one only to feel at ease with the language that we speak in Brussels, English. It is in Brussels, in fact, must be the re-thinking of the rules if an Italian user of Facebook wants to claim the protection of its data against the social network, they must contact Dublin, where the american company has its european headquarters. And it is also in Brussels that will decide if the lies revealed by the facial expressions with the use of machine learning algorithms will be a sufficient proof, to prevent entry on the Continent to potential terrorists.

And all this in front of a growing impatience of citizens for the surveillance of the consumption is made with the use of cookies and fingerprinting (the fingerprint) which accumulate data, of navigation and trade preferences, the "oil" of the capitalism of the platforms, as he calls it Shoshana Zuboff . A challenge that had already guessed Stefano Rodotà , the first president of the Authority, which already in 1973 (Computers and social control, The Mill), spoke of the importance of public control of the data that end up in private hands. The one exercised by the Guarantor, in fact.

"The Republic will fight always in defense of the freedom of information, to its readers and to all those who have at heart the principles of democracy and civil coexistence"

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