Privacy&AI in the time of Coronavirus: reflections on geolocation and predictive systems

Silvia Stefanelli
Alice Giannini
The Covid-19 epidemic has brought even more attention on the two hottest topics of 2020: Artificial Intelligence and Privacy. One month after the launch of the European policy on Artificial Intelligence (you can read about it here), Europe is facing a crucial challenge, which will undoubtedly define future policies.

European Union and Artificial Intelligence: towards the development of an ecosystem of excellence

Silvia Stefanelli
Alice Giannini
On February 19, 2020 the European Commission presented the highly anticipated Artificial Intelligence whitepaper. The whitepaper is part of the "coordinated European approach to the human and ethical implications of AI" announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the beginning of her term of office.

Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Health

Silvia Stefanelli
Alice Giannini
It is undebated that nowadays the application of technologies based on Artificial Intelligence for medical use is spreading more and more. We have dealt with the basics of Artificial Intelligence here. Now, it’s time to get to the heart of this column: how is AI used in the healthcare sector? How can “machines” learn and apply the standard of medical ethics? Finally, will we really need doctors in the future? Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.

Key concepts of artificial intelligence

Silvia Stefanelli
Alice Giannini
Artificial Intelligence (AI), without any doubts, has been the hot topic of 2019 and it will for sure not leave us in 2020. The European Union has recognized the pivotal importance of Artificial Intelligence and has started developing an European approach to AI through a number of measures, which include the financing of program Horizon 2020 and the creation of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG).

Can the doctor communicate health data via chat (in the EU)?

Maria Livia Rizzo
The use of Health Messaging Apps helps to enhance communication between doctors and patients: patient satisfaction is increased by the immediacy of the tool. This considerably increases the involvement of patients in the treatment process, also allowing them to obtain a quicker response to their questions.

Data collection for research purposes may conflict with data protection in Italy

Silvia Stefanelli
Digital transformation and the use of artificial intelligence intertwine with the Gdpr. Besides, Italy has three regulatory levels - EU, national and soft law - which at times appear to contradict each other. According to a recent study by Porsche Consulting, "Digital MedTech Transformation", digital transformation is key for all pharmaceutical companies. 

Patenting blockchain: criteria and uses

Eleonora Lenzi

On December 4th, the EPO (European Patent Office) organized the first conference on the patenting of blockchain technology. The first interesting outcome is the significant increase in blockchain technology patent applications received from 2015 to date. 


Free flow of non-personal data: the proposal for the Regulation has been approved

Alessandra Delli Ponti

The unstoppable growth of the digital market entails that the new digital technologies, such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things "produce" data that need to circulate within the European Union, whether they are personal or non-personal data.



Eleonora Lenzi

Two companies from two different EU Member States have entered into a contract in 2014 by exchanging forms via e-mail. In particular, the Italian developer signed an order form, in which the general conditions of the contract were provided, as well as the Internet address at which the clauses could be consulted. Among the general contractual terms and conditions, the exclusive jurisdiction [...]


THE PIRATE BAY SENTENCE AND COPYRIGHT PROTECTION: a real revolution for anyone publishing third-party content on their website

EU Court of Justice, Sec. II°, 14/06/2017, Case C-610/15

This is certainly the most remarkable sentence in the area of copyright and websites of the summer 2017. Anyone who provides online space for content upload should be careful. Today, saying that the content is not yours and/or you could not check its lawfulness, will not be accepted anymore. [...]

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