The EU Commission recognised Uruguay's legal framework as providing 'adequate protection' for personal data under the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, in a decision issued on 23 August 2012 - almost two years after the EU Article 29 Working Party delivered a favourable Opinion (6/2010) on the country's data protection regime. 'The legal data protection standards applicable in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay cover all the basic principles necessary for an adequate level of protection for natural persons, and also provide for exceptions and limitations in order to safeguard important public interests', read the decision. 'These legal data protection standards and the exceptions reflect the principles laid down by Directive 95/46/EC.' The adequacy finding will allow EU Member States to freely transfer personal data to Uruguay without additional guarantees.
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