Although I try to keep up with privacy news around the world, my limited language skills mean I miss a lot unless some kind soul contacts me or helps me translate items.
One of the areas this site has been weakest in concerns privacy developments in Latin America, so I was pleased to find this article on recent developments there by Jinna Pastrana, Esq., for the Association of Corporate Counsel. From the article:
Argentina: New Bill Seeking to Criminalize Identity Theft
Given the global rise in identity theft-related incidents, a Bill has been introduced into the Argentine National Congress intended to amend the Argentinean Criminal Code to classify identity theft as a felony.
Argentina: Amendment to Data Privacy Violations Procedures
Seeking to improve data privacy rights protection, the Argentinean government approved Decree 1160 of 2010, which creates a special administrative procedure to investigate and sanction data privacy violations.
Mexico: New Personal Data Privacy Law
The Mexican Congress recently passed a data privacy law, the Personal Data held by Private Entities Federal Law (the “Law”), considered a significant advance in privacy rights protection in this country. The Law, contrary to the majority of data protection statutes across Latin America, applies to all types of entities that handle personal data, except for agencies entitled to collect credit data, which are subject to other regulations, as well as persons who collect and keep personal data only for its personal and non-commercial use.
Read more about these laws on Association for Corporate Counsel.
Another web site that may be of interest is LawBrain‘s section on Latin American privacy law.