After public criticism, Costa Rican gov. repeals decree that created department with access to ‘confidential’ information
The Costa Rican government repealed a decree that had created a Data Analysis Unit, after public criticism questioned its purpose and scope.
Casa Presidencial announced Friday afternoon that it had repealed Decree No. 41996-MP-MIDEPLAN “as a result of doubts expressed by various sectors.”
The criticism stemmed from a CRHoy.com story detailing the contents of the text, signed by President Carlos Alvarado in October 2019. As published in official government newspaper La Gaceta, the decree gave a government-run Data Analysis Unit “access to confidential information available to public institutions when so required.”
The Data Analysis Unit director responded only to the President, and the decree did not specify what information — confidential or otherwise — the department could collect.
According to Casa Presidencial, the intention was for Costa Rica “to have a permanent department of data analysis, which allows the execution of public policies based on statistics and data science.”
“In the 21st century, governments must work with accurate and timely information that will guide public policy for the benefit of people,” said the Minister of Communication, Nancy Marín, in a statement from Casa Presidencial.
You may be interested
Slothy Sunday: Visit Costa Rica’s sloths on Earth Day!Mariana Diaz / Toucan Rescue Ranch - April 18, 2021
Happy Earth Week, everyone! As you may or may not know, Earth Day is an annual event on April 22…
These are Costa Rica’s coronavirus measures for April 2021 (updated)Alejandro Zúñiga - April 17, 2021
The Costa Rican Presidency has re-introduced weekend driving restrictions in response to an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Below…