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Colombia requires Facebook to reinforce security of personal data

By Vera Abogados - 08/03/2019
Colombia requires Facebook to reinforce security of personal data

The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) ordered Facebook to adopt new measures and improve existing ones to guarantee the security of the personal data of more than 31 million Colombian users of the social network, the decision was taken through resolution number 1321 of January 24 of 2019.

"The order stated that the measures must be appropriate, useful, effective and demonstrable to comply the requirements of the principle and duty of security of Colombian regulation, according to which Facebook must guarantee the security of the personal data", the SIC stated in its website. The aim of the order is to avoid unauthorized or fraudulent access, unauthorized or fraudulent use, unauthorized or fraudulent consultation, unauthorized or fraudulent adulteration and unauthorized or fraudulent loss.

"Facebook must comply with the order within a period of four (4) months, to demonstrate that has improved its security measures the social network will have to present a certification issued by an independent, impartial, professional and specialized entity in matters of information of security. Whoever issues the certificate will be selected by Facebook, but it must be a third party whose management is free of any conflict of interest that diminishes independence and alien to any type of subordination with respect to Facebook", the SIC added. 

Facebook is the digital social network with the largest number of users in Colombia, with 31 million people, that is, 68% of Colombians. 

By Vera Abogados - 08/03/2019
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