Brazil considers DP bill again


The Brazilian government is again discussing the possibility of creating
a data protection agency and a data protection regulation. According to
Pablo Palazzi, a solicitor at Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires, Argentina,
the Data Protection Bill, drafted nearly two years ago but never
introduced to Congress, may now be opened again.  The Bill has been
debated and discussed in academic fora during the last two years. The
debate around the US National Security Agency's surveillance of
Brazilians may well be the spark that will help Brazil to finally be
able to join the data protection club, Palazzi says.

Meanwhile, a Mercosur meeting of foreign ministers has introduced the
idea of requesting foreign companies to locate their servers in the
region (for example, in Argentina or Brazil) as a condition to operate
in Mercosur countries (the same happened with Blackberry in India a
while ago). Mercosur is a political and economic agreement between
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

"The requirement of installing servers locally seems to be only an idea
that may never materialize as it is unenforceable", Palazzi writes in his blog.


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