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The research is part of a project sponsored by Privacy International called Privacy in the Developing World. You can see here the goals of this particular research for Latin America.

Below you can read PI statement with respecto to Privacy in the Developing World.

Building capacity and conducting research across the developing world.

Defending the right to privacy in developing countries involves overcoming unique challenges, from the absence of legal and institutional frameworks, and fragile security environments, to rapid economic growth and privatisation. Privacy International collaborates with partners in developing countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to overcome these challenges and conduct research and advocacy to encourage laws, regulations and practices that protect and promote the right to privacy. We have elaborated a global research agenda and defined our objectives as follows:

  • To identify the state of privacy protections in partner countries, and comparable standards and best practices, in order to facilitate policy engagement efforts designed to encourage the adoption, strengthening and implementation of data protection frameworks.
  • To understand the design and operation of different communications regimes, and to uncover surveillance practices, to socialize norms of privacy in communications and advocate for legislative and regulatory protections in communications systems.
  • To establish the appropriate legal frameworks to implement advanced surveillance techniques within the confines of the rule of law.
  • To uncover the nature and operation of local intelligence services, and advocate for the strengthening of oversight mechanisms.
  • To reveal that measures taken in the name of development and security may lead to the quashing of dissent, the violation of sexual and reproductive rights, and the entrenchment of social divides.
  • To critically analyse the state of privacy protections in public service delivery, with a particular focus on e-health systems and social protection programmes.
  • To extend existing research and advocacy efforts to new countries and regions where ID and biometrics is emerging as a key topic of public discourse.



This is the website for the research project conducted by Prof. Danilo Doneda (FGV, Brazil) and prof. Pablo A.Palazzi (UDESA, Universidad de San Andres, Argentina).

Prof. Nelson Remolina will be doing the section for Colombia.

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