Italy to pass 'right to be forgotten' law for cancer survivors

Italy to pass 'right to be forgotten' law for cancer survivors
A patient is seen during a stereotactic radiotherapy treatment at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre San Pietro FBF, during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Rome, Italy May 25, 2020.
PHOTO: Reuters file

ROME — Italy will pass a law on the "right to be forgotten" (RTBF) for cancer survivors, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni pledged on Tuesday (June 13), in a move designed to shield recovering patients from discrimination by banks or insurance companies.

According to campaigners, there are more than 900,000 cancer survivors in Italy who may face difficulties when taking out insurance or a loan, or applying for adoption, because of their health history.

Meloni said in a statement that her government was looking "very carefully" at draught laws on RTBF, and said she had tasked Health Minister Orazio Schillaci to follow their progress through parliament and offer them the "necessary support".

"Our goal is to have in place in the shortest time possible a law that can give answers to an extremely real problem that greatly affects the lives of many Italians," the prime minister added.

The proposals would allow recovering cancer patients not to share information about their previous condition with financial institutions, or adoption authorities, provided that 5-10 years had passed since the end of their medical treatment.

Similar laws are already in place in France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal, according to the Italian Medical Oncology Association, which is campaigning for the reform.

ALSO READ: I worried if I would be normal again, says woman diagnosed with breast cancer at 25

This website is best viewed using the latest versions of web browsers.