Argentina to adopt soon GDPR’s standards?

On September 19, 2018, Argentina’s president sent a data protection bill to the national Congress for approvaI.

In Argentina the protection of personal data was constitutionally regulated in 1994 and by means of a law promulgated in 2000. See here. According to the bill’s preface, in consideration of the many technological innovations of the last 17 years, as well as the approval of the GDPR – this bill seeks to maintain the current international standards. In 2003, the European Commission found that Argentina had adequate level of protection under the old Privacy Directive (46/1995) (see decision 2003/490/EC)  but its law is not aligned with the GDPR now. Hence the proposal for revision.

If passed, the bill would modify the current data protection law (Ley de Protección de los Datos Personales Nº 25.326 – y su modificatoria Nº 26.343) and the so called “no call” law (Ley Nº 26.951).

The bill is heavily based on the GDPR and contains the basic GDPR principles [Principle of fairness and transparency (Article 5), Principle of purpose (Article 6); Principle of data minimization (Article 7), Principle of correctness (Article 8), Principle of lawfulness of processing (Article 11)] and very similar, if not identical, requirements ( e.g., privacy notice in Article 15).

The Mensaje 147/2018 Proyecto de Ley de Protección de los Datos Personales is available here (In Spanish).

 

 

For more information on this and for advice on GDPR implementation, contact Francesca Giannoni-Crystal. Thanks to Federica Romanelli.

 

 

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