Inai orders transparent data on the purchase and donation of vaccines against Covid-19

The plenary session of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (Inai) ordered the Ministry of Health to make transparent the figures on the purchase and donation of vaccines against Covid-19 that the country has made.

The case derives from a request for information made by a citizen to the Ministry of Health, through which he requested information on the countries that have requested donated vaccines against Covid-19 from Mexico, the total number of vaccines that Mexico has donated to other countries, in addition to the countries to which Mexico has requested donated vaccines, to be applied to Mexicans, the number of donated vaccines that Mexico has received and the total number of vaccines that Mexico has purchased.

However, the health agency argued that said information was confidential when it was established that the vaccination process is a matter of national security.

In addition to referring that disclosing the information would lead to the affectation of the agreed obligations, which would give way to a public health problem because it would be hindering or blocking actions aimed at preventing or combating epidemics or exotic diseases in the country. .

As well as enabling the destruction, disqualification or sabotage of any infrastructure of a strategic and essential nature for the provision of public goods and services, as is precisely the vaccine, which is an essential input.

Given this, the commissioner Adrián Alcalá Méndez, pointed out that the information requested does not correspond to personal data, is not related to banking operations, fiduciary operations, with data of a commercial or industrial nature, which may represent an economic advantage to its owner or with operations securities, or that is related to users of the public postal service.

Even, added the commissioner, what is required is not proven that the information requested is related to data provided by legal entities with a confidential nature, nor that they include facts and acts of an economic, accounting, legal or administrative nature, related to a person. which could therefore be useful to a competitor.

At the time he emphasized that the government itself has reported on the purchase and receipt of the vaccine.

“Derived from the study carried out for my presentation, it was possible to notice that… the information requested by the previous applicant or appellant does not reveal standards, procedures, methods, sources, technical specifications, technology or equipment useful to the generation of intelligence for that purpose. ; and its advertising in no way, from our point of view, could be used to update or enhance that threat, since it only requires, mainly, numerical data that does not account for these aforementioned aspects” explained the commissioner.

Due to the foregoing, the federal agency was ordered to deliver the requested information.

Fonatur must translate the privacy notices of the Mayan Train into indigenous languages

The Inai also ordered the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) to deliver the privacy notices it has related to the Mayan Train in different indigenous languages.

The document, which explains the rights that citizens have regarding the treatment and protection given to personal data, must be delivered in Mayan, Mixtec, Chinantec, Mazatec, Mixe and other indigenous languages ​​that belong to the Mayan, Chontal linguistic families. from Oaxaca, Yuto-Nahua and Mixe-Zoque.

When presenting the case before the Plenary, the rapporteur commissioner, Norma Julieta del Río, indicated that the Federal Transparency Law obliges the authorities to seek agreements with other institutions in order to coordinate to make information accessible in any type of language.

For this reason, he indicated that “we ask that this information be delivered in the languages ​​that are established because the people of the original peoples, like any other person, clearly have the right to be informed in their language as recognition that their language is part of of culture as a means of obtaining information that they need to know”.

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