Panamanian Parliament passes Bill to protect citizen’s personal data

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  • Thu, 10/25/2018 - 19:33
Parlamento Panama
  • EFE

The Panamanian Parliament (AN) approved today in the third and last debate Bill 565 to protect personal data provided by citizens to various platforms and that cannot be delivered to third parties without their authorization or as a result of a judicial investigation.

Irvin Halman, administrator of the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), said that the Bill approved by the AN, develops the regulations of articles 42 and 43 of the National Constitution that guarantee citizens protection of their individual or private data.

Halman stressed that it will be up to the National Authority of Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI) to implement said bill from two years after itsenactment, said a statement from the AN.

Safeguarding the protection of personal data is a right that the National Constitution gives to all Panamanians, remarked Halman.

The AIG, the Ombudsman's Office, the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Authority, the Bank Superintendence, as well as the Microsoft Company and the Panamanian Institute of Law and New Technologies were consulted in relation to this project presented last February by the Government.

Last April, the legislative committee of the Government, which discussed it in the first debate, since the ANTAI that would be in charge of applying it once approved did not have the resources for it, according to local press reports, returned this project to the Executive.

The legal initiative approved by the legislative plenary establishes the principles, rights, obligations and procedures that regulate the subject, according to official information.


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