Mexico Passes New Law on Data Protection

Mexico's Federal Law for the Protection of Personal data (la Ley Federal de Protección de Datos Personales en Posesión de los Particulares) (the "Law") protects an individual's personal data by restricting its use and prescribing the way in which both private and public entities must treat the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data relating to Mexican citizens. The owner of the information has the right to decide who can access his/her personal data and in which ways it might be disclosed to others. The owner has the right to correct such information, control the transfer of the information and block or cancel its use. Also, the owner of the information has the right to access his own information regardless of the holder.

Personal data is defined as data which affects the intimate sphere of its owner and whose inappropriate use may result in discrimination or may bring about a great risk to its owner. "Sensitive data" is information that may reveal aspects such as...

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