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Andean Community Approves Regulations To Protect Telecommunications Users

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By John Rodriguez

The countries making up the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) have approved a decision establishing the update of guidelines for the protection of rights regarding telecommunications.

It includes aspects such as personal data, security, rights and duties of consumers, transparency and the obligations of operators and providers.

Other aspects regard confidentiality, intimacy, integrity and the inviolability of communications, access to an open Internet, network neutrality and international roaming services.

Head of the General Secretariat of the Andean Community, Jorge Pedraza outlined the update of the Andean Decision 638, which had the essential support of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

The bank co-operated in providing the contributions and studies that were the basis for the analysis and work done by the Andean Committee of Telecommunications Authorities (CAATEL).

Pedraza assures that this is a new milestone reached by the Andean Community since it benefits 112 million citizens of the four member countries and updates the Andean legal framework to have an integrated and harmonized regional market in telecommunications.

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