Monday, October 30, 2006

Italian secret service hit by new spying scandal

Francesco PizzettiItaly is in uproar after it has become clear that Silvio Berlusconi's government ordered intelligence agency SISMI to spy on political opponents and help the CIA kidnap a Muslim cleric (thanks, Dave!). Privacy commissioner Francesco Pizzetti commented:

"What foreign banker will want to speak to an Italian banker if he fears his call is being intercepted? Will a multi-national want to site its production facilities in Italy if it knows its fiscal data could be stolen by a competitor?

"We risk becoming a pariah state that will be isolated by the international community for the unacceptable manner in which we protect our data."

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