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Privacy and Personal Data Protection - November 2015

Inter-American Juridical Committee Member Takes Part in International Workshop on Big Data

Inter-American Juridical Committee member Dr. David P. Stewart represented the Organization of American States (OAS) advisory body at a workshop on "Big Data in the Global South," held this past November 16-17 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Miembro del Comité Jurídico Interamericano participa en taller internacional sobre BIG DATA

Organized by the Institute for Technology and Society, the workshop was intended to create a forum to discuss the benefits and risks associated with digital data and the search for strategies to regulate the field.

Dr. Stewart told participants about the Committee's work in the area of protection of personal data. In a report its plenary adopted last March, the Inter-American Juridical Committee proposed to the OAS member states a dozen principles on privacy and protection of personal data with annotations – principles that could serve as a basis for formulating and adopting laws to protect personal privacy, reputation, and dignity.

The event brought together representatives of states, international organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector, among them United Nations officials such as Joe Cannataci, the UN special rapporteur for the right to privacy; and Xianghong Hu, UNESCO program specialist for the communication and information sector.

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