Mexico – DPA Won’t Challenge New Telecom Law

The battle over Mexico’s new telecom law persists,Global Voices reports, with many citizens fearing the law could mean censorship and an increased level of digital communications surveillance in the country, Global Voices reports. Privacy advocates are looking to Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and Data Protection (IFAI), but the IFAI voted in a recent plenary session not to challenge the proposed law in the Supreme Court—a decision that sparked backlash on the Twittersphere. The law would allow law enforcement to monitor calls and text messages without warrants and give Mexico’s attorney general the authority to solicit real-time data on cell-phone locations.

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Source: IAPP Privacy Dashboard



Debate over the new ID with chip in Congress

Las Thursday  August 7 there was a debate over the new ID with chip in the National Congress. I was invited to speak as an academic representing San Andres University. There were also other law professors from the University of Palermo (Roberto Saba who is also the dean of the law school) and members from Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Ramiro Alvarez Ugarte and Eleonora Rabinovich) and from Fundación Vía Libre (Beatriz Busaniche and Enrique Chaparro).


Chile opens public consultation for Data Protection BIll

Chile has just published an open consultation about its data protection bill based on the EU Directive and several Latin American DP Laws (mentioned in the first paragraph of the consultation). The fact that Chile is looking not only to the EU directive but also to regional laws means that there will be a trend towards harmonization in the region. This is good as it will not be practice from an e-commerce point of view to have a set of different rules for personal data in every country in the Lat Am region.

Also, this new bill, if approved, will put Chile in line with other countries in the region that have a data protection law like Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Peru or Colombia.

A quick review of the bill shows that they intend to have a data protection agency with regulatory and sanctions powers, ban international transfers to non adequate destinations,  onward transfers, security measures, etc.


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.