The Italian police have introduced a new “no barcode” bill, aimed at making the country’s policing more transparent and accessible.
Italian police are using the law to crack down on “fake news”, but there are concerns that the new law could be used to censor websites and online news.
The bill was introduced on Friday, with it expected to be passed by parliament later this week.
Under the new rules, any person found to have committed an offence would face fines of up to 30,000 euros ($34,000).
The police would also be required to publish the names of all officers, who were convicted under the new regulations.
However, the new bill will not apply to any new officers, as the legislation has already been passed, reports The Guardian.
The bill is likely to face an uphill battle, with opponents arguing that the law is unnecessary.
“I do not understand why a bill that does not regulate information sharing is passed, when in reality it is already a law on the books,” Sara Zucconi, a lawmaker from the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), said in a statement.
“It is time for the government to reconsider and clarify the law, and stop the unnecessary imposition of arbitrary fines on journalists, lawyers, and anyone else who may be accused of a crime,” she added.
The Italian government is already facing criticism over the new laws, with several newspapers questioning its use of “fake” data to combat terror.