Brazil to Appoint Data Protection Officers in All Federal Government Bodies

The need was issued by the SGD on November 22, with a 30-day due date for the companies to appoint their information policemen. Thus far, around 55% of the federal government bodies, or 106 companies in total amount, have complied with the instruction. 

The DPOs within the federal government bodies will also guarantee that all the treatments required to ensure citizens’ privacy and the defense of their personal information remain in the area. 

According to the Digital Government Secretariat (SGD) at the Ministry of Economic, the DPO is an essential function for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (LGPD, in the Portuguese acronym). It will act as a communication channel between the federal government firms, the data holders, and the National Data Protection Authority (ANPD). 

To avoid conflicts of interest rate, the SGD has identified that the DPOs are not members of the IT team of the government body concerned or have anything to do with the monitoring of the company’s systems. 

Brazil is calling for all leading government companies to appoint a data defense police officer (DPO), who will be responsible for the appropriate treatment of personal data at each organization. 

On top of that, the SGD noted that the DPO must adequately knowledgeable and ideally integrate competence in privacy management and even defense of individual data, legal analysis, risk management, information governance, and accessibility to details in the general public field. The person will likewise be in charge of systematic training of teams on personal privacy problems and security of personal information. 

Likewise, according to the regulations provided by the SGD, DPOs need to have straight accessibility to senior management and support administrative devices in responding to requests for information on individual data handling of personal data. 

With central federal government departments behind schedule, the SGD claimed the quantity of DPOs that have been appointed so far is not satisfactory. The Secretariat also said it has “recently strengthened the priority of nominating of those in charge [of information protection] to the federal government bodies.”