The role of OECD in Latin America: the dynamics of regulatory convergence in personal data protection


  • Bruno Bioni


  • Giovanna Carloni
  • Carolina Botero Cabrera
  • Maria Paz Canales
  • Miriam Wimmer
  • Elettra Ronchi

Organisation: Data Privacy Brasil

Room: Online 3

Timing: 11:45 - 13:00 on 27 January 2021

Historically, the OECD has been a forum for the creation and dissemination of principles for the protection of personal data and there has been a convergence towards the implementation of these principles globally. The advancement of technology brings new legal and regulatory challenges, which are the subject of intense discussion within the OECD. So, in addition to the guidelines, today among its policy issues are privacy enforcement cooperation, digital identity and electronic authentication, cryptography, etc. As the global south catches up with Europe in terms of privacy and data protection regulation and as new countries are welcomed into the club, questions of how the OECD framework can (and should) shape its policies, as well as what precisely is OECD’s role in issues such as enforcement and mechanisms for transnational data flow, become pressing. This panel aims to cover these topics.

• What are some of the main points of the renewed agenda of the OECD in terms of personal data protection?
• What is the possible role of the OECD in facing the problem of data protection enforcement in the Global South?
• What is the scope of the OECD’s power in defining public policy in Latin American countries and how does that affect data protection in the region?
• What is the role of ‘’soft power’’ and civil society in setting the agenda for data protection at the OECD?


Bruno Bioni

Data Privacy Brasil (BR)

Founder-director of Data Privacy Brazil. He is PhD Candidate at University of São Paulo/USP, where also he earned his Masters degree in Private Law. He was study visitor at the Council of Europe, European Data Protection Board and at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Author of the book "The role and limits of data subject consent".


Giovanna Carloni

Centre for Information Policy Leadership/CIPL (UK)

Giovanna is a Global Privacy Policy Manager of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a preeminent global privacy and security policy think tank located in Washington D.C., London and Brussels. Giovanna leads CIPL’s project on effective regulation and implementation of the Brazilian data protection law (LGPD). She also supports CIPL’s global projects (such as Accountability 2.0) and regional work (Europe and Latam). Prior to joining CIPL, Giovanna worked for four years as a data privacy consultant at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company. Giovanna is a Brazilian qualified lawyer and holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) with distinction at Queen Mary University of London.

Carolina Botero Cabrera

Fundación Karisma (CO)

Carolina Botero Cabrera is the executive director of the Colombian civil society digital rights organization Karisma Foundation. She is a researcher, lawyer, lecturer, writer and consultant on topics related to law and technology. Carolina works for a world where human rights and social justice guide the development and deployment of technology. Carolina holds a master's degree in international law and cooperation (VUB - Belgium), and a master's degree in Business and Contracting Law (2006, UAB - Spain). Writes frequent Oped in local media @elespectador and @lasillavacia. @carobotero

Maria Paz Canales

Derechos Digitales, CL

Miriam Wimmer

Brazilian National Data Protection Authority (BR)

Miriam Wimmer is a Director of the Autoridade Nacional de Proteção de Dados, the Brazilian national data protection authority. She holds a PhD degree in Communications and Cultural Policy from the Faculty of Communication of the University of Brasilia, and a Master degree in Public Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She is a professional civil servant since 2007 and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), with experience in senior positions in different public organizations. She is also a Professor at the Law School of Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Público - IDP and guest lecturer on digital law and personal data protection at several other institutions.

Elettra Ronchi


Elettra Ronchi, PhD, MPP, is Senior Policy Analyst in the Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris where since 2015 she is Head of Unit, coordinating work on data governance , privacy and risk management in the digital economy. Elettra Ronchi has more than 20 years of experience as policy analyst, evaluating the instruments available to governments to improve the public benefits from investments in health, science and technology.