DNA databases and privacy – new paper

The Journal of Forensic Sciences has published a paper that might be of interest  for people interested in privacy issues for police DNA databases.

CITE:  Wallace, H. M., Jackson, A. R., Gruber, J., & Thibedeau, A. D. (2014). Forensic DNA databases: Ethical and legal standards: A global review. Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences. doi:10.1016/j.ejfs.2014.04.002


Conflicto entre la Protección de Datos Personales y el Acceso a la Información Pública

La Universidad de San Andrés a través de su Maestría y Especialización en Derecho Empresario y conjuntamente con el proyecto de investigación PRIVACY LATAM da comienzo a su ciclo de encuentros mensuales sobre temas de actualidad sobre privacidad de datos.

La temática a tratarse en el primer encuentro es: “Conflicto entre la Protección de Datos Personales y el Acceso a la Información Pública”

En esta oportunidad Ramiro Alvarez Ugarte, director del área de acceso a la información pública de la Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) se referirá al recieten fallo de la Corte Suprema en el caso CIPPEC vs. Estado Nacional.

La entrada es libre y gratuita y se requiere inscripción previa. Durante la charla se servirá un refrigerio.

Liability of search engines in Argentina, first step towards a Supreme Court decision

The Superme Court or Argentina will have a public hearing in the case Belen Rodriguez v. Google. This is one of the first cases that the Supreme Court is dealing with the conflict between liability of internet intermediaries and freedom of speech on the internet.

This is the first step towards a Supreme Court decision. The Attorney General of Argentina has already issue its opinion in another case, Da Cunha v. Google. But there is still pending a decision in that case from the Supreme Court.

The isues to decide are

- whether freedom of expression applies to the Internet search engines,

- whether they can be held liable for content generated in third parties sites but scanned and indexed by the search engine,

- strict liability, negligence standard, or no liability at all?


‘Net neutrality’ gets left out of Brazil online governance summit

The sacred concept of ‘net neutrality’ does not appear in the final document produced by NETmundial, a two-day global summit on the future of internet governance held in Brazil.

The gathering of 800 representatives from 85 countries agreed to condemn “massive surveillance” on the internet and called for legal action against it in accordance with international legislation. But despite this reference to the Edward Snowden scandal, the final document makes no mention of the US National Security Agency, which operated a huge surveillance program that targeted allied governments, private companies and individuals…

continue reading in Diario El Pais.

Privacy in the Marco Civil da Internet

by Professor Danilo Doneda (Brazil)

The Civil Rights Framework for the Internet Bill (Marco Civil da Internet) was approved by the lower house of Brazilian’s Parliament and is now being discussed by the Brazilian Federal Senate, before being enacted into Law by Brazil’s president.

A substantial portion of the Bill deals with privacy and data protection – and this is one of its major changes since earlier versions. Its first draft was the result of a collaborative work done over the internet, which resulted in a principle-orientated statute with the main aim of assuring a set of rights to internet users. Afterwards, an intense debate emerged concerning issues as the liability of intermediaries and net neutrality. The Bill was amended in order to regulate more specifically these two points.

Another major development was related to privacy and data protection. Firstly, the Bill sustained a general approach to these issues, contemplating privacy and data protection as general principles for the use of internet and reaching a more specific tone mainly on the issue of data retention by internet providers.

This scenario changed substantially after Edward Snowden’s leaks – some of them addressed documentation about Brazilian enterprises and politicians. This inspired the legislator to include more specific data protection and privacy rules in the Bill. Thus, its final text ended up with a rather impressive length of privacy provisions, which we’ll proceed to briefly analyse.

Continue reading…


Mexican DPA to Increase enforcement in 2014

An interesting report published on MONDAQ mentions the Mexican DPA planning to increase fines in the 2014.

The note starts

On February 4, 2014, the Mexican data protection authority, the Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI), issued a statement to Bloomberg BNA announcing it anticipates issuing an abundance of fines in 2014 following an unprecedented increase in violations of Mexico’s Federal Law on the Protection of Personal Data in the Possession of Private Parties (the Federal Law).

Continue reading the report published on MONDAQ …