Rocco Panetta, CIPP/E


PTP Privacy Tech Professionals

Country Leader, Italy, IAPP; Managing Partner, PANETTA Law Firm; 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

  • Toward Responsible AI: The role of governance | Verso un'AI Responsabile: Il ruolo della governance
    Speaker at In-Person Milan KnowledgeNet: 15 May 2024
  • AI ACT: This is it. Now what? Compliance challenges for companies and PAs/AI ACT: ci siamo. E adesso? Le sfide di compliance per aziende e PA
    Speaker at Virtual Rome KnowledgeNet: 5 March 2024
  • Data Protection Week: What's new in the EU (Belgium, Ireland, Italy), Israel and Switzerland?
    Speaker at Virtual Brussels, Dublin, Rome and Tel Aviv Joint KnowledgeNet: 6 Feb. 2024
  • The Data Protection Officer between Rules and Practice/Il Data Protection Officer tra regole e prassi
    Speaker at Virtual Milan and Rome Joint KnowledgeNet: 11 Dec. 2023
  • Critical Insights on the EU AI Act for Data Protection Professionals
    Speaker at IAPP ANZ Summit 2023
  • Notes from the IAPP Europe, 28 July 2023
    Europe Data Protection Digest
  • ANZ Delegate Tour: Privacy developments in New Zealand and global trends for 2023
    Speaker at In-Person Auckland KnowledgeNet: 5 May 2023
  • The Challenges of Governing Artificial Intelligence: US and EU Perspectives
    Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2023
  • Privacy ACTually
    Speaker at Virtual Milan and Rome Joint KnowledgeNet: 15 February 2023
  • I Millennials della Privacy - Una nuova generazione di professionisti privacy, sulle spalle dei giganti
    Speaker at Di Persona Roma KnowledgeNet: 30 Novembre 2022
  • The AI Act: The State of The Art
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2022
  • Enforcement in Europe from the Angle of National Case Law
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2022
  • Notes from the IAPP Europe, 22 July 2022
    Europe Data Protection Digest
  • Sperimentazioni Cliniche e Protezione dei Dati Personali
    Speaker at Virtual Roma e Farmindustria KnowledgeNet: 26 Maggio 2022
  • Garante Talks (con Agostino Ghiglia): Un bilancio di inizio anno
    Speaker at Virtual Rome KnowledgeNet: 2 February 2022
  • The Future of Digital in Europe
    Speaker at Virtual Milan KnowledgeNet: 28 October 2021
  • Welcome to the Machine: Tra hype, distopia e protezione dei dati
    Speaker at Virtual Rome KnowledgeNet: 26 March 2021
  • Children in Digital Society – The Protection of Children's Rights in a Digital Ecosystem
    Speaker at Virtual Milan KnowledgeNet: 26 February 2021
  • La finestra sul cortile - Dietro le quinte della protezione dei dati personali, cosa ci aspetta per il futuro?
    Speaker at Virtual Rome KnowledgeNet: 28 January 2021
  • International Data Transfer - What to expect after the CJEUs 'Schrems II' Decision
    Speaker at Virtual Rome KnowledgeNet: 29 October 2020
  • Notes from the IAPP Europe, 7 Aug. 2020
    Europe Data Protection Digest
  • Necessity and Proportionality – Surveillance Measures in a Pandemic
    Speaker at IAPP Summit Sessions 2020 Online
  • 2020 and data protection: Not only COVID-19
    Privacy Tracker
  • COVID-19: A stress test for fundamental rights and freedom
    Privacy Perspectives
  • Legitimate-Interest Processing under the GDPR
    Web Conference Speaker
  • Notes from the IAPP Europe, 11 Oct. 2019
    Europe Data Protection Digest