In addition to the achievements in terms of democracy consolidation and growth, Latin American countries have, over the years, showed a growing commitment to the protection of personal data. Argentina was the first Latin American country to be regarded as providing an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the EU. In 2012, the European Commission adopted an adequacy decision concerning Uruguay that was also the first non-European country to join Convention 108. Since then, several countries in the region have adopted new data protection laws or started discussions towards the modernisation of existing ones. This momentum is also reflected in the adoption of the Ibero-American Data Protection Standards in 2017. These standards build on shared values and address common challenges, creating a stable framework to facilitate commercial flows and regulatory cooperation.This panel will bring together policy makers and experts from Latin-American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay to discuss the region’s experiences of reforming data protection frameworks in the light of global convergence and regional integration. The speakers will report on these national and regional developments, including on the implementation of new laws. The panel will also discuss the benefits of global convergence and how to combine them with national legal traditions and domestic institutional settings.
• What have been the most important recent developments for privacy in Latin America? What about future perspectives?
• What are the expectations in terms of regional integration and global convergence on data protection?
• What should the next steps be to consolidate regional initiatives like the Ibero-American Data Protection Standards and the role of the Ibero-American Data Protection Network?