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    Inside Costa Rica: Costa Rica gets information privacy law

    Inside Costa Rica reports that the country has its first information privacy law:

    Following the lead of other countries, Costa Rica now has its own laws on the storing, sharing, and access of personal information, after Law #8968 was published in the official Gazette last Tuesday.

    Under the law, individuals must now provide their express consent for the collection of their personal information in databases, and individuals will have the right to revoke that consent at any time.

    The guidelines, which explain the scope of the law that was adopted in 2011, include for the first time the “right to informational self-determination,” which is defined as the right of every individual to know what personal information of theirs is collected in databases, and for what purpose.

    The only exceptions are in cases where there is a court order, or when a resolution is adopted by a special committee of the Legislative Assembly.

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