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Just so you know: Any private form of communication cannot be made public. A flurry over a private internet exchange involving prominent psychologist Ana Simó and her colleagues has caused several lawyers to look into the Whatsapp issue.

According to the Dominican Constitution, privacy is a right, and without the consent of the parties involved, any private conversation, may not be made public. Nowadays private conversations include Whatsapp, Tweeter and other electronic media.

The penalties, under Article 377 of the Penal Code can be up to a year in prison and fines of up to RD$50,000. Such violations of privacy are considered to be attempted violations of the right to privacy under Article 44 of the Constitution.

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