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Law 675/96 regarding the privacy of personal information states that no public body can release information on persons to private citizens without the consent of the parties concerned.

Therefore, once the person being traced has been located, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must obtain that person’s consent before informing those who submitted the request for the search.

In certain countries, such as in the U.S. for example, the local privacy law does not allow the release of information on people within their territorial jurisdiction. Application of legal restrictions and constraints must therefore be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Within these guidelines it is possible to initiate a search in one of the following manners:

– fax to Office IV of the Directorate General for Italians Abroad on 06 36918609/06 36918628;

– fax to the locally authorised Italian Consulate;

– phone 06 36912930 from 9.30 to 16.00 stating one’s own personal data, those of the person sought and the reason for tracing him/her.