Law on Protection of Personal Data to be released in El Salvador

El Salvador to release its first Law on Protection of Personal Data to be released in. Next, in Latin America Screening News

Law on Protection of Personal Data and Habeas Data in El Salvador has been approved by the Legislative Assembly to afford data subjects the rights to access, rectification, cancellation, and opposition, known as ARCO rights; the Habeas Data act will enable subjects to access any databases storing their personal information.

This law aims to prevent information misuse and abusive practices risking the physical and moral integrity of people.

In addition, data processing will be regulated nationwide, including public and private sectors; credit records and those used in the journalism practice, national security information, dissociated or anonymized data are excluded.

The Legislative Assembly has proposed the creation of a National Digital Authority to oversee regulation and compliance with this Law.

Finally, a sanction process has been established, ranging from 15,000 to 150,000 USD to fine individuals or companies that collect or transfer people’s information fraudulently or without consent.

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