Carlo
Piana

A lawyer, he has been dealing with new technologies law since 1995. In 2008 he founded Array, a horizontal non-law-firm (“Array is an array”) among experts in IT law – focused especially on free software and open world. General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation Europe, he is a member of the board of euroITcounsel, a circle of quality among some of the most prestigious IT law firms in Europe, and of the editorial board of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, the only international peer review magazine dedicated to Free Software and the entire open world. He participated in the commission of the Digital Italy Agency for Application Regulation of Article 68 of the Digital Administration Code and is co-author of “Ensuring utmost transparency – Free Software and Open Standards under the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament” and “Legal aspects of free and open-source software”.

   

What is the relationship between privacy and innovative services?

The Mevaluate case brings us to reflect on how (and if) an activity can be carried out when the aim is to collect data and extract summary information.
“Mevaluate” is a “web platform (with connected information archive) that is set to process reputation profiles for individuals and legal entities”. In less bureaucratic terms, it wants to be the  arbiter of people's and companies’ reputations, by processing a series of data and producing a summary opinion of the subject examined. The Guarantor was less than impressed by the idea and issued a negative provision that halts any desire to continue the activity, at least in Italy. In this case, there are various arguments[…]