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Brazilian Senate Approves Bill to Protect Personal Data

07/11/2018 - 11h08

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BERNARDO CARAM
JULIO WIZIACK
FILIPE OLIVEIRA
BRASÍLIA
SÃO PAULO

The Brazilian senate has approved a bill that implements a system to protect personal data in the country. The text creates a legal framework for the protection, processing, and use of information. The lower house of congress had already passed the bill, which now needs to be sanctioned by President Michel Temer (MDB).

Once the law is enacted, users may be able to request access to data collected by companies, in addition to requesting the correction or exclusion of such data. According to the bill, the federal government will create a body to manage the new system.

Foto: Jefferson Rudy / Agência Senado
The Brazilian senate approved a bill that implements a system to protect personal data in the country
The Brazilian senate approved a bill that implements a system to protect personal data in the country

The rules will be applicable to the public and private sectors, and penalties for violations include fines and suspension of database activity. The bill determines that companies are supposed to collect only the information required for their services.

The Brazilian Central Bank and Treasury criticized the provision which determines that the processing of personal data can only occur with the consent of the holder of such information, because this would affect the operations of the positive credit registry - a database for those with good credit score.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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