2019 Global Legislative Predictions

 Jan 7, 2019 2:00 PM
by Derek Lackey

What will the new year bring in privacy and data protection legislation? Well, to name just a few highlights, we've got a handful of EU member states still needing to pass laws addressing the General Data Protection Regulation, India is in the midst of debate over a new law, Brazil's law will get the enforcement body it has been lacking, and there are talks of a U.S. federal privacy law. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. This week's Privacy Tracker roundup consists of contributions from IAPP members across the globe outlining their expectations (and occasionally their hopes) for privacy legislation in the coming year. With more than 30 contributions, this year's global legislative predictions issue is our most comprehensive yet.

Argentina

By Pablo Palazzi
The year 2019 will see Argentina with an important landmark in its history of data protection law. In September 2018 the government sent to congress the data protection bill, based on the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Now it is up to Congress (first the Senate, then the House of Representantes) to openly debate the bill and approve it. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to adopt a full fledged EU data protection law and the first country to be considered adequate by the EU. Now, nearly 20 years later Argentina has again the chance to follow EU law again.

Belgium

By Tim Van Canneyt, CIPP/E
2019 will be another important year for data protection in Belgium. First, we should finally see the appointment of the directors of the new data protection authority. At the moment, Belgium has an interim supervisory authority which is pretty much forced to act on a day-to-day management basis. When the directors of the DPA are appointed in 2019, the authority will be able to adopt its strategic vision, publish more guidelines to help companies and offer better protection to citizens. In addition, we should hopefully see the implementation of the NIS Directive into national law. Furthermore, the Belgian Supreme Court will have to assess the lawfulness of the recent government decision obliging every Belgian resident to provide their fingerprints for inclusion on the ID card's chip. Finally, it will be interesting to follow the class action brought against Facebook by consumer protection body TestAankoop.

Brazil

By Renato Leite Monteiro, CIPP/E, CIPM
2019: The year of compliance and the Brazilian Data Protection Authority!

What a year! Nobody could guess in the beginning of 2018 that Brazil would finally have its own General Data Protection Law, known as LGPD (I myself have written this column for the last three years and I always thought my predictions were only in a wild guess!). And then, out of the blue, it was approved in August. However, the president vetoed one of its pillars: the creation of the national data protection authority. Even though some provisions would only have an effect if the authority was created. This lack of DPA made the LGPD weak.

Then, on the dawn of the year, Dec. 28, 2018, the Executive Order n° 869/18 promoted several alterations to the law. One of the most important was the creation of the Brazilian National Data Protection Authority. It is also altered the vacatio legis period for the LGPD to 24 months, changing the enforcement date from February 2020 to August 2020. During this period, the ANPD must exercise collaborative and consultative functions, aiming to provide assistance in the process of compliance to the new law. With the creation of the DPA, business will know to whom and what to look for. They will have a straight channel to communicate. The ANPD will provide for a much more stable application of the law, and, for instance, more legal certainty, what will probably spur technological and economic development.  

Nonetheless, despite the DPA, enforcement actions might continue. The Distrito Federal and Territories Public Prosecution Office has been heavily conducting investigations on data breaches and other issues regarding personal data. Recently, the Minas Gerais Public Prosecution Office fined a drugstore chain for exchanging customers’ personal Taxpayer Id numbers for discounts in products, which in fact is a common practice in Brazil. The total amount of the fine was R$ 7,930.801.72 (BRL), the largest related to data protection yet. This condemnation was vastly reported in mainstream media, national and international. Such actions are likely to continue. 

Also, since LGPD will enter into force in August 2020, 2019 will be year companies will rush to become compliant, a practice that has already become a new niche market. Consulting companies and law firms are heavily investing in personnel and privacy software to take advantage of the escalating demand. Proof is that the IAPP has partnered with the first official training center of Brazil. Data Privacy Brasil will provide training courses for both CIPP/E and CIPM certifications.

Therefore, we can say that 2019 will be an interesting year for the data protection scenario in Brazil!

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