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El Salvador: President vetoes data protection law

OneTrust DataGuidance confirmed, on 8 June 2021, with Fernando Farrar, Associate at BLP Legal, that Legislative Decree No. 875 for the Law on the Protection of Personal Data and Habeas Data was vetoed, on 7 May 2021, by the President on the grounds of inconvenience, after it had been passed by the Legislative Assembly on 22 April 2021. In particular, Farrar highlighted, "The President's argument for the inconvenience of the bill were the following:

  • a lack of harmony with the Salvadoran legal framework and an inadequate design for the judicial and non-judicial mechanisms for the protection of personal data;
  • a lack of technical suitability and expertise in the conformation of the Personal Data Protection National Authority; and
  • a lack of budgetary planning for the implementation of the law."

Farrar noted that the Commission of Economy of the Legislative Assembly permanently archived the Law on the Protection of Personal Data and Habeas Data on 20 May 2021.