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The Mexican Surveillance State

By J. A. Brambila

The article was published in the blog of the Center of Global Communication Studies of the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania.

2014 AnOx alumnus José Antonio Brambila discusses the potential consequences of a new piece of Mexican surveillance legislation. 

The Mexican telecommunications law that came into effect in August 2014 is an open window through which many authorities may spy massively and indiscriminately on Mexican citizens. According to some experts, Articles 189, 190, and 194 state that telecommunication server services can retain personal data for up to twenty-four months and are allowed to disseminate that data during that period of time, without warrant. The new law puts Mexicans at risk of becoming the targets of authorities who will have access to Mexican citizens’ personal information, such as the date, time, and duration of conversations and who will be able to locate personal devices in real time. Though the Mexican State does not have the capacity to spy on every one of its citizens, the mere possibility of omnipresent surveillance is an effective means of control. This is especially true for journalists, human rights defenders, and victims of abuse at the hands of the authorities, whose existences can often become thorns in the government’s side. Sigue leyendo “The Mexican Surveillance State”