Protection of Personal Data
- March 2014
Department of International Law Takes Part in Workshop on Regulation of Protection of Personal Data
OAS took part in a workshop on "Enhancing Regulation
of Protection of Personal Data in Central America
and the Caribbean," held February 11-14 in La
Antigua, Guatemala, by the Ibero-American Data
Protection Network (RIPD), in coordination with the
Spanish Data Protection Agency and the Mexican
Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI).
Invited by the RIPD, the OAS was represented by Dr.
David P. Stewart, a member of the Inter-American
Juridical Committee (CJI), the advisory body to the
OAS on legal matters; Dr. Dante Negro, Director of
the Department of International Law (DIL); and Dr.
Magaly McLean, DIL Senior Legal Officer.
Data protection authorities and other public
institutions were brought together at the meeting to
exchange experiences and information, in order to
advance policy development on the protection of
personal data in Central America and the Caribbean.
The workshop was also a significant boost to RIPD-OAS
collaboration, and provided Dr. Stewart with
valuable input to enrich work being done by the CJI
to draft a Model Law on Protection of Personal Data,
pursuant to a General Assembly mandate in resolution
AG/RES. 2811 (XLIII-O/13), which instructs the
Committee to submit proposals to the Committee on
Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) on different
ways in which the protection of personal data can be
regulated, including a model law on the subject,
taking into account international standards.
Meanwhile, the DIL officials explained to
participants the OAS' treatment of data protection.
This was the second time the OAS General Secretariat
was participating, through the DIL, in an RIPD
meeting since obtaining permanent observer status in
2013. It had previously participated in a closed
meeting of the Network in October 2011.
The RIPD developed out of an agreement reached at the
Ibero-American Meeting on Data Protection (EIPD),
held in La Antigua, Guatemala, from June 1- 6, 2003.
That meeting had brought together representatives
from 14 countries. The Network seeks to promote
inter-agency cooperation and dialogue involving key
players, in order to work on data protection
policies and initiatives, as well as policies,
technologies, and methodologies to ensure the
fundamental right to protection of personal data. .
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