BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2016) - Galexia Analytics Release

2016 Rank 16. Argentina - Score: 57.98 | Change from 2013 Score: +1.48 - Rank: same

Argentina has effective laws in place on cybercrime, electronic signatures, and data protection. However, Argentina’s laws on intellectual property have not kept pace with modern technology. There is no direct coverage of important issues such as the unauthorized “making available” of copyright material online, and there is no notice and takedown regime in place for infringing material. Argentina also has a poor track record of enforcing copyright laws, with lengthy court delays and few prosecutions. Some gaps also exist in the important areas of standards development and technology neutral and nondiscriminatory government procurement of information technology (IT).

There were very few changes in Argentina’s results between 2013 and 2015 although Argentina’s scores for IT infrastructure (and broadband in particular) improved. 

One moderate setback was the imposition (since 2014) of a series of legal and tariff barriers on e-commerce activities. These include prohibitions on the import of specific products (for example, smartphones), tax surcharges on most electronic goods of up to 40%, an annual cap on the amount consumers can purchase via online shopping from international sites, and a requirement for ordinary consumers to register with the government as “importers” if they make international purchases. These measures act as a serious barrier to cross-border e-commerce and have also resulted in a booming black market for imported goods and services. These measures are linked to broader economic and currency issues in Argentina, but their impact on the IT sector is significant.

Argentina maintains its place in the rankings at 16.

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