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Never Mind Demography, Italy Died Today

It’s the end of Italy as we knew and loved it.  Something called “The Garantor for the Protection of Personal Data” (now how un-Italian is THAT?) has just issued an edict, which has immediate effect, forbidding “all information organs” (that means us, all of us, even the New York Slimes) from spreading stories that:1.  Refer to private behavior that has no public interest (which, for any normal Italian, does not exist by definition.  ALL private behavior is publicly interesting in my extended experience in that country);2.  Concern facts, details and circumstances that go beyond the essentials of the information;3.  Deal with details of private lives of persons in violation of the protection of their “sexual sphere” (I particularly love that one, and I find myself asking where I can go to buy a good sexual sphere).This will be published in Friday’s “Gazzetta Ufficiale,” which gives it full force, and penalties will range from 3 months to two years in jail, and entitle anyone who feels his/her privacy (or sexual sphere) has been violated to sue for damages.I know you can’t believe it, and you’re thinking I must have mangled the translation, so here it is in the original:

Il Garante per la protezione dei dati personali nel provvedimento vieta «con effetto immediato» a «tutti gli organi di informazione di diffondere notizie, in particolare quando:

1) si riferiscano a fatti e condotte private che non hanno interesse pubblico;

2) riguardino notizie, dettagli e circostanze eccedenti rispetto all’essenzialità dell’informazione;

3) attengano a particolari della vita privata delle persone diffusi in violazione della tutela della loro sfera sessuale».

Il Garante sottolinea inoltre che «la violazione di tale provvedimento, che sarà pubblicato domani nella Gazzetta Ufficiale, costituisce reato punito con la reclusione da tre mesi a due anni ed è fonte di responsabilità per una eventuale richiesta di risarcimento danni.

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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