Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Costa Rica

Costa Rica may have a data protection law this year. Data PRotection Bill no. 15.178 has been introduced in the extraordinary session of the Legislative Power. And it is backed up by the Presidency.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


The Congress of Venezuela (Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela) has decided to take out of its legislative agenda the Data Protection Bill. This decision is based on considering that the Bill may have been pushed by some interest from the private sector.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Data Traffic law & Privacy

ISPs in Argentina has launched a lawsuit against the Argentine Government Regulation no. 1563/04 which requires them to bear the cost of "data traffic" information requested by judges prosecutors and the SIDE office.

The lawsuit was initiated by CABASE (trade association of telecom companies) arguing that the regulation violates the right of property of the ISPs companies and the right of privacy of their clients. The lawsuit is based on an aricle I wrote last year and that was published in Lexis Nexis.

See text of the complaint at

Pablo A. Palazzi
San Martin 323, piso 17 - Buenos Aires - C1004AAG
Tel: (5411) 4114-5525 / Fax: (5411) 4114-5555
e-mail: p.palazzi AT

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Data Protection & credit cards

A decision of the Administrative Court of Appeals of the City of Buenos Aires (dated December 2, 2004) held that a bank violated the data protection act of Argentina when it filed with its appeal brief a copy of the client´s credit card statement. The judges held that the information contained in the credit card was personal data in the terms of the Data Protection Law and it required the consent of the client to introduce it in a public record.

The case is "CITIBANK N.A. c/ G.C.B.A" (Cámara de Apelaciones en lo Contencioso Administrativo y Tributario de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Sala I, December 2, 2004).-

Pablo Palazzi

Tel: (5411) 4114-5525 / Fax: (5411) 4114-5555
e-mail: p.palazzi AT