Mexico has introduced a new law regulating the legitimate collection, processing and disclosure of personal data held by the private sector. The law, “Federal Law Protection of Personal Data In Possession” was published July 6 in the Federal Journal of the Federation, the main official government publication of Mexico.
This new law regulates the legitimate collection, processing and disclosure of personal data held by the private sector in Mexico. The purpose of the law is to ensure that an individual’s privacy and the right to informational self-determination are guaranteed.
The posting of the Federal Data Protection Law follows the Mexican Congress, which unanimously approved the law on April 27.
According to a report by Lina Ornelas, general director of classified information and data protection at the Federal Institute of Access to Public Information in Mexico, with the new law, the current Federal Institute of Access to Public Information is changing its name to Federal Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection.
Lina writes that the new law foresees the right for existing authorities —by sector—to issue regulations along with the institute. It creates a dual institutional arrangement: when a data controller fails to meet the requirements of the law, the issue is initially addressed by existing regulatory authorities according to their unique functions and subjects —economy, health and telecoms, among others.
To read the law, click here (Text in Spanish.)