Members of Ecuador’s National Assembly have approved the proposed data protection law at a second reading.

In urging a vote for the bill, the legislature’s speaker Dennis Marin said it would introduce a modern data protection system in the country.

The draft law includes obligations to guarantee fair and responsible data processing, empowers citizens with rights to control their data, establishes an independent Personal Data Protection Superintendency, and lays out sanctions for breaches of the legislation, he said.

Assembly member Cesar Carrion described the bill as of great importance for the exercise of Ecuadorians’ constitutional rights, while fellow member Fernando Flores highlighted it seeks to protect and control use of citizens’ personal data with the aim of preventing abuse and leaks.

The bill remains subject to further scrutiny, including by the constitutional court, and final approval by the assembly.

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