With provision no. 136 of 5 April 2012 the Italian Data Protection Authority (“the Authority”), following a complaint from a consumer, has resolved to consider (also) responsible for the handling and processing of personal data – pursuant to art. 4 of Legislative Decree no. 196/2003 (so called Privacy Code) – the subject acquiring a list of personal data by a third party company, if such data have been collected without valid informed consent (in this specific case, a leading national operator in the energy sector was using data acquired by third parties – including landline telephone numbers – for telemarketing purposes).
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