Mexico Passes Sweeping New Law on Data Protection

Jeremy Mittman writes:

On April 27, 2010, a sweeping new law on data protection was passed by the Mexican Senate, clearing the way for the President to sign the landmark legislation, which provides for penalties up to an astounding $1.5 million for violations under the law.  The new Federal Law for the Protection of Personal data (la Ley Federal de Protección de Datos Personales en posesión de los particulares) , prescribes, among other things, the manner with which both private and public entities must treat the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data relating to Mexican citizens.

The new law also expands the oversight of Mexico’s data protection authority and its jurisdiction will now extend to the private sector, in addition to government authorities, and in keeping with its expanded duties, will be renamed the Federal Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection.

Read more on Proskauer Privacy Law Blog.

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