The procedure is not new, but now the kind of data the Ministry of Finance could retrieve from telephone, Internet and subscription television companies is clearer.
The decision from the Data Protection Agency (PRODHAB) allows the Treasury to obtain data without the consent of the customers of these businesses.
According to Mauricio Garro, director of PRODHAB, the resolution will allow the Treasury to have a better control on the taxation of companies and their clients.
Taxation will have access to specific but very normal information. It’s a tool to verify the statements and make a crossing data archive, to see if they are paying taxes properly,”
The director of the Data Protection Agency says that the decision does not affect customers and ensures that the Ministry of Finance has similar data from other companies’ subscribers.
There is a principle of confidentiality which is mandatory for any State institution that collects information. And the right to collect the data also grants the right to impose severe penalties for any kind of data leak,”
added the director.