On 17 April 2023, Argentina became the 23rd country to ratify Convention 108+, which aims to protect the privacy of individuals against possible abuses in the processing of their personal data. Argentina ratified Convention 108+ during the Privacy 2023 Symposium held in Venice between 17 and 21 April.
In line with the process intended to update Data Protection Law 25,326, the Agency for Access to Public Information announced on its official website the presentation of the Bill of Law on Personal Data Protection in the National Congress.
Every 28 January, Data Protection Day is celebrated to remember the date on which Convention 108 for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Automatic Processing of Personal Data was opened for signature. As technology continues to develop and influence the manner in which we make decisions, data protection is confronted with new and dynamic challenges. Data protection is not something companies can easily tick from a to-do list. Instead, the latest tech developments and modern-day regulations require daily and ongoing efforts to proactively demonstrate compliance.
On 1 November 2022, the National Ministry of Security approved the adhesion template and framework agreement template for the federal campaign “STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Argentina” — a campaign for public awareness on cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention. The Ministry has invited the provinces and the city of Buenos Aires to join the Campaign. The main goal of the initiative is to generate, disseminate and implement materials, training and good practices to raise awareness about cybersecurity and cybercrime.
In the special session of 9 November 2022, the Chamber of Deputies granted the necessary approval for Congress to pass Law 27,699 by means of which the Argentine Republic ratifies the Amending Protocol with respect to the Automated Processing of Personal Data (“Convention 108+”). To complete the ratification process, the National Executive Branch will now study the law and, if approved, it will be published in the Official Gazette.
On 27 September 2022, the Ibero-American Network for the Protection of Personal Data published the Guide for the Implementation of Standard Contractual Clauses for the International Transfer of Personal Data, which sets out certain aspects to be considered when making international transfers of personal data through the use of standard contractual clauses. The Guide includes non-binding guidance for those who make ITPD from member countries of the RIPD to non-adequate jurisdictions.
On 25 August 2022, Personal Data Protection Law No. 149 was published in the Official Gazette of Cuba. It will enter into force in February 2023. The main purpose of the law is to guarantee the right of individuals to the protection of their personal data and to regulate the use and processing of data by public and private persons or entities. By enacting the law, Cuba joins the list of countries with specific legislation on data protection.