Rocco Panetta, founding and managing partner of P&A | Panetta & Associati, is an internationally renowned technology, telecoms and environmental lawyer, as well as a certified privacy professional.
Rocco is currently a member of the board of directors of the IAPP | International Association of Privacy Professionals and Secretary General of ICF | Italian Compliance Forum.
Counsel of the Italian government (Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri) on the tlc Ultra Broadband strategy 2014–2016, Rocco has previously been a top-level officer at the Italian Data Protection Authority (2001–2008) heading one of its legal departments. His tasks and duties included, among others, supervising and dealing with marketing, public licensed operators and international data transfers. While at the Authority he was Italy’s representative at the Commission’s Article 29 Working Party and worked on BCRs, SCCs, SH, APIS/PNR, IMI.
Rocco also served both as Secretary General and Commissioner of the Italian Commission on Environmental Impact Assessment (Commissione VIA) from 2007 to 2012.
He has authored and edited more than 150 publications, including books, articles and collections. Currently he is editor of the column “Beyond Internet” for Cor.Com.
Over the years, Rocco has been ranked among leading lawyers by Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, TopLegal, Who’s Who Legal. In 2015, he was awarded Best Privacy Lawyer of the Year at Legalcommunity’s IP&TMT Awards. In 2016, TopLegal listed Rocco within the most influential Italian lawyers under 50.