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Violators of Mexico's Data Protection Act Could Face Prison Time

PRIVACY LAW—MEXICO

May 4, 2010

Those convicted of selling confidential personal data collected by the government will face up to five years in prison under Mexico's new Federal Data Protection Act, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports. The new law also mandates fines as high as $2.9 million for the improper use of sensitive data, the report states. Mexico's Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (IFAI) has announced that the new law will give citizens assurance their information will be used only for legitimate purposes and provides them with the right to view their government files and have erroneous items removed. The legislation is also consistent with international standards, according to an IFAI statement.
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