Bolsonaro turns data protection into a military affair

In creating Brazil's National Data Protection Agency, Jair Bolsonaro chooses the path taken by authoritarian states

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After much delay, Brazil is finally ready to set up its National Data Protection Agency (ANPD), a key element for the functioning of the country’s new regulations on data protections

The Senate’s Infrastructure Committee knuckled down to confirm the appointment of the newly-formed agency’s board of directors — but the development was not without controversy. True to form, of the five board members selected by the Jair Bolsonaro administration, three have military backgrounds, sparking fears among society over the handling of their personal data.

As the ANPD is a new agency, the inaugural board of directors will be...

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