24 September 2006

IT - Italy blocks phone tapping leaks

Italy has passed a decree banning the use of illegally tapped telephone conversations in the media and as evidence in court. Leaked phone taps sparked a series of scandals in Italy, including one that rocked the country's football league. The former security chief at Telecom Italia was recently arrested as part of the investigation. The new legislation makes it illegal to possess or publish the contents of unauthorised phone taps. Newspapers face a fine of 50 euro cents for every single copy published containing such information. The fine can rise to as much as one million euros for major broadcasters and publishers.