translated from Spanish: Instruct government institutions to respond to requests for information during the pandemic

Mexico City.-Institutions that carry out essential activities will have to respond to requests for information and protection of personal data, which are kept in office during the health contingency. The Plenary of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) unanimously also agreed that for the obligated subjects, whose activities are considered by the health authority to be non-essential, it was agreed to extend to 30 May the period of suspension of terms and deadlines to meet requests, the resources for review , non-conformity and attraction, as well as verification procedures, complaints and sanctions.
The determination of the INAI Plenary, currently made up of the president commissioner, Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas, the White Commissioners Lilia Ibarra Cadena, Josefina Román Vergara, and Commissioners Oscar Guerra Ford and Rosendoevgueni Monterrey Chepov, is based on the Agreement of the Secretariat of Health, published in the Official Journal of the Federation on April 21. You may be interested: CIAD receives endorsement to test Covid-19 in Sinaloa and SonoraAcuña Llamas stated that the civic habit of the citizen to exercise its right, through requests for information did not decline or pale during the emergency, therefore it is necessary to resume the deadlines for those obligated subjects involved in the care of the pandemic to respond to those requirements , because they are the ones who have the information of greatest interest to society.
That is why it is important, in this case, not to suspend it any longer, not to prolong it any longer, for some forced subjects, who are actually at the forefront of the emergency strategy. Some might say, how it is possible that to the obligated subjects who are now with the greatest burden of responsibility, because it is precisely because they have in their hands the information that citizens claim in order to know with certainty what is going on, he stressed.

Acuña Llamas clarified that this determination does not imply that the public servants of INAI or those of such obligated subjects must work in person in their offices; will continue to work remotely, to address the recommendations of the health authority. Commissioner Monterrey Chepov noted that the system of fundamental rights establishes access to information as a key right for the satisfaction of other prerogatives, he said, is the essential reason for the positioning in favour of the agreement being considered by this House.
Health measures, medical care, prevention actions, among others, are means to protect our lives and our health status, but there are also other mechanisms outside the medical orbit that fulfill the same function and access to information is one of them, not because an emergency is privileged but because it underpins the fundamental rights of every individual to life and health Highlighted.

The agreement approved by the Plenary states that INAI must process the means of challenge, as well as any other legal procedure arising from the activation of the prescribed time limits. You may also be interested:If you’re offered a covid-19 vaccine, beware, alert Beatriz GutiérrezAlerta Pemex about alleged donation fraud in exchange for gas vouchers

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