Questo è quanto scriveva David Wiley della BBC nel 2008:
Although the Italian constitution guarantees privacy of information, and a national data protection authority was set up in 2003 with a communications ombudsman at its head, wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping are widely used not only by the secret services, but also by the judiciary, particularly in the fight against organised crime. Prosecutors routinely order wiretaps as a result of police investigations, and the cost to the Italian state has become a heavy burden on the taxpayer.
Although the bugging of MPs’ phones is forbidden without the specific permission of parliament, prosecutors and judges routinely leak to journalists details of compromising conversations.
The outgoing government of Romano Prodi announced last year that it was going to introduce a law making it an offence punishable by up to three years imprisonment for journalists to publish information obtained through judicially authorised wiretapping leaks. But no such law was ever passed.
Quest’ultima la traduco:
Il governo uscente di Romano Prodi aveva annunciato l’anno scorso una legge per rendere punibili fino a tre anni di carcere i giornalisti che pubblicassero informazioni ottenute dalle intercettazioni giudiziarie. Ma la legge non è mai stata approvata.