Argentina: Recommendations of the Agency of Access to Public Information to protect personal data on the internet

In brief

In the context of the International Data Protection Day, on 26 January 2024, the Agency of Access to Public Information (AAIP, its acronym in Spanish) published their "Recommendations to protect personal data on the internet".


In focus

The AAIP provided these five recommendations to users of any digital platform that entails the assignment of personal data:

  • Read the privacy policy: "In approximately five minutes, this tool allows people to know what others do with their data, the purposes for its use, who is responsible for data processing, how data is protected, as well as the companies and entities with which the data will be shared. In addition, the privacy policy will define the communication channel available for data subjects to exercise their rights to access, rectify, update and delete their personal data".
  • Use secure sources: "To prevent data or identity theft, it is important to download applications for mobile devices or computers from secure sites. That is why each operating system has its own app store".
  • Adjust privacy settings: "Users must define what data they want to share. By doing so, information is restricted or shared with other users and with the entities and companies responsible for data processing, and access permissions to photo galleries, videos, contacts, geolocation, microphone or camera functions, among other features, are managed".
  • Browse on secure internet networks: "Mobile devices and computers should be connected to reliable internet connection networks, whose service provider is known. If you need to use public networks, avoid accessing websites or service applications that contain sensitive information, such as banking applications, health services or virtual wallets, among others".
  • Know the communication channels to exercise rights: "Websites, applications and social networks must enable a channel to know, rectify, update or delete the personal data stored in their databases. In the AAIP search engine, you can check if personal databases are registered with the National Registry and access the contact information of the person responsible for a certain database, to exercise your rights".

Finally, the AAIP reminded readers that if the entities responsible for processing personal data fail to fulfill any of their obligations, citizens can check, seek advice or file a complaint before the AAIP, free of charge, through the "Proceedings" tab on its website or by clicking on this link.

Click here to access the Spanish version.

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