In the era of generative artificial intelligence, there is no telling what the near future may hold for us.
At least two things, however, are certain: data protection will be increasingly important. And there is still too little talk about data protection. The attitudes of individual citizens but also of small and large companies oscillate between underestimation of the problem and a very dangerous disinterest. It may now be a catchphrase, but it is also true, the sensational statement that one of the most used passwords is still 123456 today.
To raise awareness on the topic, our Guarantor for the protection of personal data organized the second edition of the State of Privacy. Let’s see what it’s about.
State of Privacy 2023
The news appeared on the Guarantor’s website on Wednesday 13 September.
The Guarantor is organizing the second edition of the State of Privacy for Monday 18 September. The event, born thanks to the collaboration of the University of Roma Tre and the University of Florence, will be held in Rome, in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia.
The ambition is to rally “public and private to build the data protection of the future”.
The initiative was established in 2022 in Pietrarsa, on the occasion of the Guarantor’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
19 thematic tables
Given the success of the first edition, for the State of Privacy 2023, over 250 representatives including national and international institutions, public administrations, big tech, media and communication services, large companies, the financial world were convened. As well as experts, scholars and personalities from the world of universities and scientific research.
On Monday 18 September there will be 19 thematic tables. To be precise, we will talk about advertising, cloud, cybersecurity, human rights, DPO, enforcement, genetics, artificial intelligence, IoT and smart cities, legal design, media and communication, minors, neurosciences, digital PA, legislative proceedings, health, services financial, sustainability, telemarketing.
The busy schedule
The work of the State of Privacy 2023 will be led by Riccardo Luna, director of Italian Tech. The Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano, the Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers with responsibility for technological innovation, Alessio Butti, and the rectors of the two universities involved in the initiative will bring their greetings.
The list of guests is extensive and will take turns starting from 4.00 pm.
State of Privacy will end at 11.30pm, with the launch of awareness and education initiatives on the value of privacy, “to be implemented in 2024, especially in the South and small towns of our country”.
The Guarantor’s commitment: privacy and school
Region after region, the 2022-2023 school year is starting.
E the Guarantor has recently published an information handbook on privacy at school, downloadable from a page on the site. It is a precious document for all actors in the school universe, to better understand how privacy can be protected (but also put at risk) at school. Ample space is dedicated to the very current phenomenon of cyberbullying, but also to distance learning, the online publication of documents containing personal information and video surveillance.
Periodically the Guarantor publishes information pages on specific phenomena. We recently told you about the one dedicated to revenge porn.
A document was then published relating to sharenting, a decidedly underestimated phenomenon. The term comes from the union of two words, “share” and “parenting”, that is, “sharing” and “parenting”. And it refers to the phenomenon of (somewhat wild) online sharing by parents of content regarding their children.
As we can read on the page, “sharenting is a phenomenon that has been under the attention of the Guarantor for some time, especially due to the risks it entails on the minor’s digital identity and therefore on the correct formation of his personality. The unshared dissemination of images also risks creating significant tensions in the relationship between parents and children.
It is therefore necessary for the ‘adults’ to be aware of the prejudices to which they subject minors with the exposure of their photos online (generally forever), also in terms of the use of images for child pornography, retaliatory or otherwise improper purposes by third parties .”