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IIHR presents panel on challenges for regulators responsible for personal data protection in Latin America and Africa

Fecha: (6/16/2022 3:23:12 PM)

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At a round table organized at the end of 2021 by Internews, ten regulators responsible for data protection of Africa and Latin America made suggestions for an improved exchange of information and cooperation among and between regions to discuss emerging political problems and better practices in the global south. 

The Representative of the IIHR Regional Office for South America, Eduardo Bertoni, spokeat the panel organized by Internews and the Data Privacy Brazil Research Association as part of the RightsCon conference. The panel, which was a follow-up to the round table of 2021, was also comprised of Laura Henderson, Research and Advocacy Advisor, Internews; Hlengiwe Dube, Program Manager: Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Luã Cruz, Researcher, Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection (Idec); Rafael Zanatta, Executive Director, Data Privacy Brazil Research Association; Khadijah El-Usman, Program Officer, Anglophone West Africa, Paradigm Initiative; and Pawel Popiel. George Gerbner, a postdoctoral fellow at Annenberg School, presented the results of a study that will be published and that will have an introduction by Mr. Bertoni.

The panel discussed the challenges of the regulators responsible for the protection of personal data in Africa and Latin America and debated on how to best advance the development of resources to improve the ways in which activists can work, not only with the regulators but also with regulatory bodies on competition and the rights of the consumer, to support policies of data protection that respect rights in their countries.