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Aldo Agostini

CEO – Adeia Consulting

Speaks at ID WORLD on Wireless Identification

Aldo Agostini, 49 years old, is the chairman and founder of Adeia Consulting, a security and safety company specialized in privacy, high technologies and management models.

He has a law degree and attended the 4-year course of the Police Academy. He collaborates with the Italian Department of Public Security and other public and private institutions, taking regular training courses.

He was a police officer in Italy from 1982 to the beginning of 2003, leaving with the rank of Deputy Commissioner. In the police force, he has almost always managed in city departments, leading major investigations in the anti- drugs war and against organised crime, receiving recognition and awards at the highest level.

In the last few years of his service he specialised in national control, video-surveillance, biometrics and the application of the privacy regulations. He subsequently worked for a biometric systems company. After he founded Security Studio System, another security service company, and finally, in 2008, he devoted himself to Adeia Consulting. He contributes to Italian and international journals and is the author of various guides on privacy, video- surveillance and biometrics in Italy and Europe. He is a member of ASIS International and AIPROS (Italian association security and safety professionals).


Recently the Working Group art. 29 (the privacy authorities of European countries) approved an important opinion on the use of location-based services for smart mobile devices (SMD).

There are three types of infrastructure used to provide geolocation services, namely GPS, GSM base stations and WiFi. Obviously, there are many other services, however the WP decided to specifically clarify the legal requirements for the most important ones.

WP art. 29 says that the geolocation based services allow the providers to gain an intimate overview of habits and patterns of the owner and build extensive profiles that can be deduced, beginning from sleeping place or location of an employe, arriving to data derived from the movement patterns of friends, based on the so-called social graph. For WP the developer of the operating system of the SMD often is the controller for the processing of geolocation data (e.g. when it interacts directly with the user, or when the device has a ‘phone home’ functionality for its whereabouts, or when it offers an advertising platform and/or a webshop-like environment).

So the developer must employ privacy by design principles to prevent secret monitoring, either by the device itself or by the different applications and services. Furthermore, if telecom operators want to use base station data in order to supply a value-added service to a customer, they must obtain his or her prior informed privacy consent.

The privacy authorities clarify that such consent cannot be obtained freely through mandatory acceptance, nor through opt-out possibilities. The default should be that location services are ‘OFF’, and users may consent to the switching ‘ON’ of specific applications. The presentation concludes by analyzing a number of additional requirements of the authorities in this matter.



Speaking on November 2

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