Data Privacy Laws in Latin America: An Overview

Vol. 44 No. 2


Camila Tobón is an associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in Miami, Florida. She counsels clients on litigation and regulatory matters both domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on Latin America.

Respect for the privacy of individuals is paramount in Latin America. Upholding this principle are two pillars: constitutional rights to privacy and comprehensive data protection regulation. Already, more than half of the countries in the region have adopted either or both of these mechanisms to protect privacy, and others will soon follow. For companies doing business in Latin America or looking to invest in the region, data privacy is a key topic to keep in mind. This article summarizes the current regulatory regime and discusses the practical implications of the various requirements.

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