On April 5, 2013, during the Centre for Information Policy Leadership’s First Friday call, Centre President Marty Abrams interviewed José Alejandro Bermúdez Durana, Deputy Superintendent for Data Protection for Colombia’s Superintendency of Industry and Commerce, and asked about the progress of Colombia’s new data protection law. Enacted in October 2012, the law provided a six month grace period for companies to prepare to comply with new requirements, which are expected to be implemented on April 18, 2013. The final regulation will be published thereafter. The Deputy Superintendent discussed industry cooperation and said that the regulation’s language on consent will be flexible.
The Superintendency of Industry and Commerce and the Centre for Information Policy Leadership will sponsor the First Latin American Congress on Data Protection in Santa Marta, Colombia, June 6 – 7, 2013. Both Centre Vice President for Global Policy Paula Bruening and Marty Abrams will be speaking at the event.