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Critics: Revisions to Federal Law Leave Room for Abuse

PRIVACY LAW—MEXICO

April 26, 2012

Ars Technica reports on concerns about revisions to Mexican federal law that give public authorities and law enforcement the ability to require mobile phone companies to disclose real-time geographic data on their users. Known as the "Geolocalization Law," the revisions--which came into effect last week--aim to help police fight drug and gang violence. But critics say they are too far-reaching. One Mexican law student has initiated a petition to Mexico's Human Rights Commission and recently penned a legal analysis warning of the potential for misuse. Another advocate noted that the law does not require a prior warrant from the government.
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