Brazil’s Senate has voted to push back the go-live date and enforcement date of its new data protection law in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brazil’s data protection law has been long awaited – the idea for it was birthed out of a debate on how personal data should be protected 10 years ago, in 2010 – and while it was set to go into effect this August, it appears the country will have to wait a little longer to see it actually come to fruition. In a bill of law last week, the go-live date for the law, the Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais, or LGPD, was pushed back to January 2021, with rules and fines around the law set to go into enforcement in August 2021. Like the slew of conferences, events, and many other things, the postponement is yet another delay triggered by the spread COVID-19. The postponement was packaged in a Bill of Law, PL 1179/2020, approved by the Brazilian Senate on Friday. While the bill still needs to be approved by Brazil’s House of Representatives, it’s believed it will have no issue passing given the immediacy of the rest of the bill, which revolves around coronavirus emergency measures.