Privacy Advisor

Global Privacy Dispatches- Argentina and Latin America- Computer Crimes Law

November 1, 2008

By Pablo A. Palazzi

New computer crimes law

The Argentine Congress enacted a computer crimes law. The new law (law n. 26.388) criminalizes the illegal access to a computer system, computer fraud, and damages to information and software. In addition, the law creates a new offence related to privacy and data protection law: it is now illegal to open or access and publish an email or a document without authorization of the sender. Companies are encouraged to carefully revise their privacy policies to be sure they are entitled to access email accounts. Finally, the law makes it a crime to access without authorization a database, to illegally provide personal data to third parties when the law establishes its secrecy, and to insert personal data in a database.