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March 29 2016

Colombian Data Protection Authority Requires Database Registration

The Colombian Data Protection Authority (the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, or SIC) has issued regulations requiring all data controllers that are (i) private legal entities registered in Chambers of Commerce in Colombia (i.e., incorporated in Colombia) or (ii) partially government owned corporations ("sociedades de economica mixta") to register their databases by November 8th, 2016.

The failure to register or update registration information would constitute a violation of Colombia's Data Protection Laws. We anticipate that the SIC will use the Registry as a benchmark for investigating and issuing sanctions related to breaches of the Data Protection Laws.