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Ecuador: Commission on Sovereignty and International Relations hold hearings for observations on draft data protection law

The National Assembly announced, on 10 March 2021, that the Commission on Sovereignty and International Relations, chaired by legislator Fernando Flores Vásquez, held two hearings on the framework of the draft Organic Law on the Protection of Personal Data ('the Draft Law'). In particular, observations were made by the first vice-president of the National Assembly, César Solórzano, and the lecturer and researcher of the International University of Ecuador, Jaqueline Guerrero. In addition, Solórzano referred to guaranteeing citizens' rights with the concrete application of the scope of protection contained in the Draft Law, noting that ambiguities that could hinder the interpretation and drafting of the Draft Law should be removed. Moreover, Solórzano added that the new structure for the sanctioning regime should be modified and such fees should be proportional in their application, in order to avoid possible abuses. Furthermore, Guerrero highlighted that the regulatory frameworks and certifications should be broad to avoid monopolistic actions.

Additionally, the legislators were also informed of the observations made by legislators and organisations in the field, where they discussed the integration of the personal data protection system, including the right to information, right to access, right to be forgotten, right to opposition, right to cancellation, right to portability, exceptions to the rights of rectification, updating, and elimination.

You can read the press release, only available in Spanish here.