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Volume: 15 Issue: 4
(April 2018)

Keywords:
legal reform data protection supervisory authority

Jurisdictions:
chile

Chile: Data protection bill approved for consideration

The Chilean Senate voted, on 3 April 2018, to approve for consideration a bill to regulate the protection and processing of personal data and create a data protection authority (‘the Bill’), which had been introduced by the former President, Michelle Bachelet, in March 2017. The approval, with 42 votes in favour and one abstention, followed the release of a report on the same by the Senate Constitution, Legislation, Justice and Regulation Committee (‘the Committee’), which included comments from a number of stakeholders and a comparison of the Bill with the existing data protection framework.

Eduardo Escalona, Partner at Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría, highlighted, “What was indeed approved by the Senate was the idea of legislating on the subject, not the Bill itself. The Bill is of great significance, because never before had there been a general agreement between the Government and Congress to create a specialised authority for the protection of personal data. Likewise, this unanimous consensus allows the law to be endowed with mandatory enforcement. Lastly, the Bill delves into the rights of data subjects, taking into account the high standards imposed by the EU with regard to this matter.”

 

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