Brazil’s data protection law shows uneven progress in two years

Federal rules on data protection have now been in force for two years. They are beginning to create a culture of privacy protection, but there remains a long way to go

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We say in Brazil that some laws simply don’t stick. They exist but, for all intents and purposes, they are disregarded by citizens and therefore become ineffective. Two years ago, when Brazil’s General Data Protection Law (LGPD) came into force, it seemed it would be another of those cases. Brazilian companies have historically neglected cybersecurity and data protection, and users didn’t seem particularly bothered about the new law.

And yet, public officials are doing their darndest to make it stick.

Last week, the Supreme Court limited data sharing among government agencies to the “minimum necessary.” Additionally, the court said...

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