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Italy: Garante investigates webscraping for algorithm training purposes

The Italian data protection authority (Garante) announced, on November 22, 2023, the opening of an investigation of public and private websites to verify the adoption of appropriate security measures to prevent personal data webscraping for the purpose of training artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms by third parties. In particular, the investigation concerns all public and private entities, operating as data controllers, established in Italy or offering services in Italy, that make personal data freely available online.

Moreover, the Garante invited interested professional associations, consumer associations, experts, and academics to send their comments on the security measures against the massive collection of personal data for algorithm training purposes. Comments may be sent via email to [email protected] within 60 days from the date of publication of the consultation notice on the Garante's website.

Following the investigation, the Garante reserves the right to take necessary measures, including emergency measures.

You can read the press release, only available in Italian, here.