The Law of Big Data

Open data policy and administrative law: solutions or troubles?

In 2006 the Italian Government adopted a Legislative Decree (No. 36/2006) to transpose Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information.

The Directive was the first step of transparency and digitalization policies, which went beyond the aims of the Directive.

Italy adopted therefor two important legislative decrees (in 2009 and 2013) to realize the principle of transparency in our national legal and administrative system. This is pursued through the publication of a countless series of acts and information on institutional websites.

This concept of transparency raises two important issues. First, transparency is with no doubt fundamental for modern democracies, but has to be balanced with other values such as privacy and data protection. Second: increase the accountability of the Public Administration transparency policies could not reduce to mere open data policy.

Speaker: Elena Buoso