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Brazil moves closer to a general data protection law

Brazil is close to enacting GDPR-like data protection legislation after both houses of Congress voted in favour of the law – but fears remain that the president may veto parts of the bill.

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Fabio Luiz Barboza Pereira, a partner at Veirano Advogados in São Paulo, told Latin Lawyer's sister publication GDR that reaction to the law from both the private and public sectors has been positive, but there are lingering fears that the president may veto the creation of the data protection authority.

At issue is the way the authority would be created. According to the constitution, only the president is allowed to create public authorities, but in this instance Congress proposed the creation of the enforcer in an amendment to the law.

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