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November 2021

OAS General Assembly Approves Updated Principles on Privacy and the Protection of Personal Data

Asamblea General de la OEA Aprueba Principios Actualizados sobre La Privacidad y La Protección de Datos Personales

During its 51st Regular Session, held from November 10 - 12, the OAS General Assembly approved the Updated Principles on Privacy and the Protection of Personal Data prepared by the Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI).

This approval fulfills a mandate conferred by the General Assembly to the CJI in June 2018, consisting of initiating "the updating of the Principles on the Protection of Personal Data, taking into account the evolution thereof ". Thus, the CJI, with the support of the Department of International Law (DIL) as its Technical Secretariat, was given the task of conducting a broad consultation process on the specific issues in the Principles on Privacy and Data Protection in the Americas originally adopted by the CJI in 2012 that should be strengthened, revised, or adapted.

This process was enriched with inputs from OAS Member States, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Inter-American Commission of Women, and the Ibero-American Data Protection Network. In addition, the Rapporteur took into account international instruments that enshrine the latest developments in the field, seeking their syntony with the Updated Principles.

These 13 Principles reflect the different approaches that prevail in the Member States on the core issues of the protection of personal data, including consent, the purposes and means for the collection and processing of such data, the cross-border flow and security of personal data, special protection for sensitive data, and the exercise of the rights of access, rectification, cancellation, opposition and portability.

The Updated Principles, as an instrument of inter-American soft law, aim to serve the Member States as a point of reference for the strengthening of their respective legal frameworks in this area, and to guide the collective development of the region towards a harmonious and effective protection of personal data.  

» To read the Updated Principles on Privacy and the Protection of Personal Data, click here.

» To visit the DIL’s web page on personal data protection, click here.


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