On October 1, the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales or "INAI") announced that Convention 108 of the Council of Europe and its Additional Protocol governing cross-border data flows went into effect in Mexico (source document in Spanish). The Convention requires signatories to take the necessary steps in their domestic legislation to apply the data protection principles of the Convention. The INAI announced that complying with the principles of the Convention would strengthen Mexico's business relations with other signatory countries and establish rules to facilitate data transfers.
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