The Agency of Access to Public Information, the controlling authority in charge of the enforcement of the Argentine Data Protection Law No. 25.326, has recently published its Annual Report 2018.
Among other things, the report highlighted the approval of two resolutions related to the guiding criteria for the implementation and enforcement of the applicable law (Resolution 4-E/2018 and Resolution 48/2018). Furthermore, taking into account the economic value of data in this digital age, it is stated that the AAPI has doubled efforts to ensure the protection and security of intimacy and privacy of personal data. Finally, it mentions that after two years of fruitful debate, President Mauricio Macri submitted before Congress a bill to entirely replace the current Data Protection Law with wording in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This goes hand in hand with the recent incorporation of Argentina to Convention No. 108 for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data.
In relation to complaints and requests for information regarding data protection, the report states that:
- 238 complaint files were created.
- 26 notes and queries regarding interpretative criteria were made.
- 2 queries regarding the international transfer of data were made.
- 1,291 queries were received by email.
- 2,580 queries were made in-person.
- 4 investigations were conducted to public agencies to check compliance with security measures and the protection of personal data.
- 8 in-person inspections were carried out on banking sector companies.
Additionally, during this period, the AAPI imposed fines equal to 71 million Argentine pesos.
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