Rocco Panetta

Founding and managing Partner for Panetta & Associati

Rocco Panetta is an internationally renowned technology, telecoms and environmental lawyer and a certified privacy professional.

Rocco is currently member of the Board of Directors of IAPP International Association of Privacy Professionals and Secretary General of ICF Italian Compliance Forum.

Former counsel of the Italian Government (Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri) on the tlc Ultra Broadband strategy and IoT Internet of Things Task Force.

Rocco Panetta has been a top-level officer at the Garante, the Italian Data Protection Authority heading the legal department supervising and dealing with, inter alia, marketing activities, public licensed operators and international data transfers. While at the Privacy Authority he has been Italy’s representative at the European Commission within the activities of Art. 29 WP, involved in subgroups on BCR, SCC, SH, APIS/PNR, IMI.

Rocco has served both as Secretary General of the Italian Commission on Environmental Impact Assessment (Commissione VIA) and as a Commissioner of the same (for 4 years).

He has authored and edited more than 150 publications, including books, articles and collections. Editor of the column “Beyond Internet” for Cor.Com. He is currently invited to conferences and round tables as speaker or panel moderator. For more than one decade, contract professor at Università Roma Tre and University of Rome La Sapienza in Private and Civil Law and professor and supervisor to masters and specialization courses on Privacy and IT Law.

As a lawyer, Rocco Panetta is ranked amongst leaders by Chambers Europe, the Legal500, TopLegal, Who’s Who Legal. In 2015 Rocco has been awarded as The Best Privacy Lawyer of the Year at the TMT Legalcommunity Awards.

Passionate of good wine, cars, lifestyle, food and travels, Rocco recently took over a family business and he is currently the Chairman of Panetta Tailor, a bespoke gentlemen only atelier in Rome.

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