|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] IT and private law|
|Title of host publication||Enciclopedia Italiana di scienze, lettere ed arti - XXI Secolo. Settima appendice|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
[Autom. eng. transl.] Advances in the techniques of memorization and artificial manipulation of electronic data do not leave the world of law indifferent. According to a qualitative criterion of relevance, two large spaces can be isolated: the space of the 'extrinsic' legal discipline of computer techniques, within which they are considered as a subject to be regulated, through prohibition or protection rules; the space of intrinsic discipline, where the techniques are adopted as a way of carrying out acts, capable of legal effectiveness in the proper sense. The phenomena of data protection and IT systems belong to the extrinsic relevance profile. Data protection is made necessary by the ability of electronic machines to manage, process, compare, communicate an enormous amount of data, and thus to reconstruct personal and individual profiles on citizens' private lives with analytical precision.