#prism and surveillance in Italy
Then there is Italy. According to Italian lawyer Fulvio Sazrana (link in Italian), a law passed earlier this year by the outgoing Mario Monti government also skipped over court orders and other legal approvals. Instead, Monti issued a directive laying down guidelines for the protection of cybernetics and national cyber security. In so many words, the directive gives government agencies what the French call “carte blanche” to raid private data banks in the name of “Internet security.” There will be no Italian equivalent of Twitter, which does not participate in PRISM.