A Digital Transformation Gathering was held in Montevideo, Uruguay, this past August 21-23 to mark the
tenth anniversary of the Electronic Government and Information and Knowledge Society Agency (AGESIC),
organizers of the event. The three-day meeting
addressed major issues related to Uruguay’s
digital evolution over the last decade, as well
as the main challenges for the future, against
the backdrop of the process known as
“transformation with equity.”
The OAS Department of International Law
(Secretariat for Legal Affairs) was
invited by the Regulatory Unit for
Access to Public Information (UAIP) to
participate in a panel discussion on “Open Data:
Redoubling Efforts Toward Transparency," while
the Regulatory Unit for Personal Data (URCDP)
invited the Department’s participation in the
panel discussions on “The Global Outlook for
Personal Data Protection” and “The Role of
Regulation in Guaranteeing Privacy.”
Access to public information and personal data protection – both important issues for the region – have been promoted by the DIL, particularly in recent years.
Within the OAS, a key aspect of access to public information is the Inter-American Model Law, which the General Assembly adopted in 2010. Within the framework of this Model Law, the DIL has been carrying out a project to support member states as they adopt legislation in this area. In 2016, the General Assembly also adopted an
Inter-American Program on Access to Public Information, assigning the DIL to coordinate it. Fourteen member states have already designated their respective Focal Points for this Program. In 2017, the General Assembly requested the DIL to identify, in consultation with these Focal Points, thematic areas in which it feels the Inter-American Model Law needed to be updated or expanded, which will undoubtedly give the issue a greater thrust in the region.
On the matter of personal data protection, the General Assembly recently instructed the DIL to continue supporting member states’ efforts to take legislative and other appropriate measures to ensure personal data are protected under their domestic laws and in keeping with their international obligations and commitments. Key references in this exercise are the
Legislative Guidelines on Privacy and Personal Data Protection in the Americas, which the Inter-American Juridical Committee adopted in 2015; and the Twelve Principles said Committee adopted in 2012 and on which the Legislative Guide is based.
» For the Model Inter-American Law on Access to Public
» For the Inter-American Program on Access to Public
» For the Guide to Inter-American Juridical Committee
Principles on Privacy and Protection of Personal
» For the Inter-American Juridical Committee Principles on
Privacy and Protection of Personal Data,
For further information on this matter,
please contact the Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS +1 202 370 0743.
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