Who Has Your Again in Colombia? Our Third-Annual Report Exhibits Progress

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November 14, 2017

Fundación Karisma in cooperation with EFF has launched its third-annual ¿Dónde Estan Mis Datos? report, the Colombian model of EFF’s Who Has Your Again. And this yr’s report has some excellent news.
In keeping with the Colombian Ministry of Data and Communication Applied sciences, broadband Web penetration in Colombia is effectively over 50% and rising quick. Like customers world wide, Colombians put their most non-public knowledge, together with their on-line relationships, political, creative and private discussions, and even their minute-by-minute actions on-line. And all of that knowledge essentially has to undergo one in every of a handful of ISPs. However with out transparency from these ISPs, how can Colombians belief that their knowledge is being handled with respect?
This mission is a part of a collection throughout Latin America, tailored from EFF’s annual Who Has Your Again? report. The reviews are meant to judge cell and glued ISPs to see which stand with their customers when responding to authorities requests for private data. Whereas there’s positively room for enchancment, the third version of the Colombian report reveals substantial enchancment.
The total report is out there solely in Spanish from Fundación Karisma, however listed below are some highlights.
This third-annual report goes even additional in evaluating corporations than ever earlier than. The 2017 version doesn’t simply take a look at ISPs knowledge practices; it evaluates whether or not corporations have company insurance policies of gender equality and accessibility, whether or not they publicly report knowledge breaches, and whether or not they’ve adopted HTTPS to guard their customers and staff. By and huge, the businesses didn’t do very effectively on the new standards, however that’s a part of the purpose. Reviews like this assist push the businesses to do higher.
That’s particularly clear by trying on the standards evaluated in earlier years. There’s been vital enchancment.
New for 2017, a Colombian ISP, generally known as ETB, has launched the nation’s first transparency report. This sort of report, which lists the quantity and kind of authorized calls for for knowledge from authorities and regulation enforcement, is important to serving to customers perceive the scope of Web surveillance and make knowledgeable choices about storing their delicate knowledge or partaking in non-public communications. We’ve lengthy urged corporations to launch these reviews repeatedly, and we’re comfortable to see a Colombian ISP take part.
As well as, this yr’s report reveals that extra corporations than ever are releasing public details about their knowledge safety insurance policies and their associated company insurance policies. We applaud this transparency, particularly when their insurance policies go additional than the regulation requires as is the case with each Telefonica and ETB.
Lastly, extra corporations than ever are taking the proactive step of notifying their customers of knowledge calls for, even when they don’t seem to be formally required to take action. This dedication is essential as a result of it offers customers an opportunity to defend themselves towards overreaching authorities requests. In most conditions, a consumer is in a greater place than an organization to problem a authorities request for private data, and naturally, the consumer has extra incentive to take action.
We’re proud to have labored with Fundación Karisma to push for transparency and customers’ rights in Colombia and sit up for seeing additional enchancment in years to return.

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