In Italy the main law for web accessibility is Law No. 4 of January 9, 2004 (Stanca Law).
In 2018, implementing the Legislative Decree No.106 amending and upgrading Law No. 4/2004, Italy incorporated the Directive (EU) 2016/2102, aimed at improving the accessibility of websites and mobile apps in the public sector of each EU Member State.
The so called Stanca Law aims at recognizing and protecting the right of every person to access all sources of information and related services, including those that are articulated through computer and telematic tools.
This legislation, which will be further amended in the second half of 2020, the right of access for people with disabilities is protected and guaranteed:
In the most recent formulation, this law applies in several categories, including:
In 2018, implementing the Legislative Decree No.106 amending and upgrading Law No. 4/2004, Italy incorporated the Directive (EU) 2016/2102, aimed at improving the accessibility of websites and mobile apps in the public sector in each Member State.
This implies that, in principle, the Stanca Law and its updates refer to European and International guideline for web accessibility.
In Italy AgiD coordinates and monitors compliance with the regulations introduced by Stanca Law.
The Agency for Digital Italy is the technical agency of the Presidency of the Council whose task is to ensure the achievement of the AgiD’s objectives. It also contributes to the spread of the use of information and communication technologies, promoting innovations and economic growth.
Those who have a website are responsible for its accessibility.
Art. 9 of the Stanca Law, under the heading “Responsibility” establishes that failure to comply with the provisions by Public Providers is relevant “for the purposes of measuring and assessing the individual performance of responsible managers. It will also entail managerial responsibility and disciplinary responsibility, without prejudice to any criminal and civil liability provided by the regulations in force”. (Art. 9 paragraph 1)
The law goes on stating, with reference to Private Providers, that not complying with aforementioned provisions shall be ascertained and sanctioned by the AgiD (without prejudice to the right of the discriminated person to take personal action).
In Italy, companies and administrations must comply with the guidelines formulated by AgiD.
The provisions of this decree relating and limited to websites and mobile applications apply as follows: