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Martín Roth is a partner in the M&A, Real Estate and TMT practice groups in Baker McKenzie's Buenos Aires office. Martín has more than 13 years of extensive transactional domestic and international experience, focusing on the real estate and TMT industries. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked as a trainee lawyer on the Corporate, Banking/Finance and Litigation areas with a local law firm in Argentina. From 2007 to 2012, he worked in Baker McKenzie's Buenos Aires office. From 2013 to 2016, he worked as an independent attorney at another law firm. Martín rejoined the Buenos Aires office in 2016 and was named partner in July 2019.

In the context of the International Data Protection Day, on 26 January 2024, the Agency of Access to Public Information (AAIP, its acronym in Spanish) published their “Recommendations to protect personal data on the internet”. The AAIP provided five recommendations to users of any digital platform that entails the assignment of personal data.

The European Commission concluded that personal data transferred from the European Union (EU) to Argentina are adequately protected and, therefore, can continue to flow freely from the EU to Argentina. On 15 January 2024, the Commission published its conclusions regarding the first review of the adequacy decisions adopted — pursuant to Article 25(6) of Directive 95/46/EC — in 1995. In these decisions, the Commission had determined that 11 countries or territories, including Argentina, guaranteed an adequate level of protection of personal data. This allowed data transfers from the EU to these countries.

Following Administrative Decision No. 641/2021 on “Minimum information security requirements for the national public sector,” the AAIP approved its information security policy. The purposes of the policy are to protect the information resources of the AAIP and the technological tools used for their processing; ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, legality and reliability of information, and strengthen the adequate implementation of security measures, identifying available resources.

By means of Resolution No. 198/2023, published in the official gazette on 18 October 2023, the Agency of Access to Public Information (AAIP) approved the model contractual clauses included in the Implementation Guide of Model Contractual Clauses for International Personal Data Transfers of the Ibero-American Data Protection Network (MCC and IADPN, respectively).

Through Resolution No. 161/2023, published in the official gazette on 4 September 2023, the Agency for Access to Public Information (AAIP) created the Program for Transparency and Protection of Personal Data in the Use of Artificial Intelligence and entrusted its execution, monitoring and evaluation to the National Directorates of Evaluation of Transparency Policies and Protection of Personal Data.

By means of Resolution No. 1200/2023 published in the official gazette on 22 August 2023, the National Communications Entity (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, or ENACOM for its acronym in Spanish) extended the term for mobile service providers to comply with the Regulation for the Collection of Personal Data and Identity Validation of Users of Mobile Services that Hold a Mobile Number, which was approved by Resolution No. 263/2023.

The Data Protection Bill of Law submitted to Congress proposes significant amendments to the current regime and introduces mandatory provisions that are novel to Argentine legislation. For example, it includes express references to the extraterritorial scope of application and changes the traditional approach to the legal basis for the processing of personal data. In this alert, we address some of these changes and novelties.