IDRCe-Privacy in Latin America and the Caribbean

6 December 2008 - A Open Forum on Security in Hyderabad, India


The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Crown corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. The support is directed toward creating a local research community whose work will build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. IDRC has been one of the first development agencies to embrace ICTs as a key means to foster development and alleviate poverty. With established programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, IDRC has acquired a breadth of experience on the impact of ICTs on the lives of people in the developing world. Through the ICT4D Programme Initiatives, IDRC has supported a large number of activities carried out in the IGF in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. At present it supports research projects related to e-government, privacy and cyber-security, among others.

E-government has become a regular practice in the Latin American region as a strategic practice to transparent information and supply of government services. Although the purpose of these practices is to include citizens on the information society, we have found that in many cases, they exhibit sensitive information of their own citizens. 

The objective of this Open Forum is to enable a more effective participation of organizations from the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region and to provide a space to present different cases of LAC where we have found legal gaps within the rights of access and personal data protection. Concerns and discussions regarding new risks posed by the use of ICTs have increased, but it has also been possible to observe a positive, albeit as yet very timid, reaction in the area of public policy. Therefore we aim to present the situation of public policies concerning the rights to privacy and to discuss experiences and solutions from other regions.

Access to judicial information (judiciary websites). Access to public registers. Public policies about personal data protection. Risks of vulnerable groups (children and adolescents, workers).