Europe’s information safety supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, has died.
His passing yesterday, aged 62, was introduced by his workplace as we speak — which writes:
It’s with the deepest remorse that we announce the lack of Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Information Safety Supervisor. Giovanni handed away surrounded by his household in Italy, final evening, 20 August 2019.
We’re all profoundly saddened by this tragic lack of such a form and sensible particular person. All through his life Giovanni devoted himself utterly to his household, to the service of the judiciary and the European Union and its values. His ardour and intelligence will guarantee a permanent and distinctive legacy for the establishment of the EDPS and for all folks whose lives had been touched by him.
Buttarelli was appointed to the important thing oversight position monitoring the implementation of EU privateness guidelines for a 5 12 months time period, beginning in December 2014.
Amongst his achievements within the publish was overseeing the transition to a brand new complete information safety framework, the Normal Information Safety Regulation (GDPR), which got here into drive final 12 months — a shift of substances in direction of enforcement that has shone a world highlight on the bloc’s strategy to privateness at a time when the implications of not placing significant checks on data-mining giants are writ giant throughout Western democracies.
The jury remains to be out on how successfully Europe’s regulators will implement the GDPR in opposition to highly effective platform giants however a lot of open investigations at the moment are pending.
Buttarelli additionally personally pressed the case for regulators to collectively grasp the nettle — to deal with what he described as “actual circumstances like that of Fb’s phrases of service”.
Concurrently working for a constant and complete software of the GDPR, he believed additional interventions can be wanted to steer the applying of highly effective applied sciences in a good and moral path.
This included advocating for better joint working between privateness and competitors regulators — calling for them to “undertake a place on the intersection of shopper safety, competitors guidelines and information safety” and use “structural cures to make the digital market fairer for folks”.
He has additionally sought to speed up innovation and debate round information ethics, which was the theme of a main privateness convention he hosted final 12 months.
In an interview with TechCrunch final 12 months he warned that legal guidelines alone gained’t cease information getting used to discriminate unfairly — whereas asserting that on-line discrimination “is not the form of democracy we deserve”.
The unhappy information of Buttarelli’s passing has shocked the area’s information safety neighborhood which has responded with an outpouring of tributes on social media.
Previous to becoming a member of the European Fee, Buttarelli was secretary normal of Italy’s information safety watchdog.
He additionally served for a few years as a decide in his residence nation.