Rocco Panetta, CIPP/E


IAPP; PANETTA Law Firm; PTP Privacy Tech Professionals

Country Leader, Italy; Managing Partner; Chairman

Rocco Panetta is an Italian lawyer, speaker and writer, previously Head of Legal at Garante, the Italian DPA.

He is founding and managing partner of Panetta & Associati Law Firm, an international law boutique leader in Italy and EU on privacy, data protection, Internet, e-commerce and TMT.

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. He has served as a legal counsel of the Italian Government on the digital strategy and the ultra broad band project.

He has authored and edited more than 150 publications, including books, articles and collections. Editor of the column “Beyond Internet” for Cor.Com. Speaker at conferences and events at national and international level.

Rocco is currently a member of the IAPP Board of Directors and he is IAPP Country Leader Italy; he is member of the Steering Committee of IIP (Istituto Italiano Privacy); the IEL (Institute of Energy Law); the Center of American and International Law; the IBA (International Bar Association); and he is the Secretary General of the ICF (Italian Compliance Forum).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 and he has been named No. 20 out of the best 40 Italian Lawyers under 50 yo by TopLegal.

Passionate of good wine, cars, lifestyle, food and travels.


Contributions by Rocco Panetta