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New Data Protection Law Takes Effect

PRIVACY LAW—MEXICO

July 7, 2010

Mexico's Federal Institute of Access to Public Information has announced that the country's new Federal Data Protection Law came into effect on Tuesday. The law, which regulates the collection, processing and disclosure of personal data held by the private sector, was approved unanimously by the Mexican Congress on April 27. With the law's enactment, the institute is now known as the Federal Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection and has expanded oversight powers to cover the private sector as well as government entities. Lina Ornelas, the institute's general director of classified information and data protection, called the law "a major breakthrough."
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