By: Paula Mena Barretto

On June 10, President Jair Bolsonaro signed the bill of law no. 1,179, which postpones the penalties set forth in the General Data Protection Law (LGPD) to August 1, 2021.

With its publication in the Official Gazette on June 12, the bill is officially converted into law, now as Law no. 14,010/2020.

The starting date of LGPD’s effectiveness, however, is not yet definitely defined. Provisional Measure 959/20, which currently postpones the LGPD to May 2021, remains in effect. However, if this measure is not converted into law before it expires or if it is rejected by the National Congress, the LGPD’s effectiveness will revert to August 2020, as previously provided.

Thus, at this moment, there are two likely scenarios for the LGPD going into effect:

  • Conversion of MP 959/20 into law by Congress: LGPD in effect in May 2021 and penalties in effect in August 2021.
  • Congress rejects or allows the expiration of MP 959/20: LGPD in effect in August 2020 and penalties in effect in August 2021.

If you have further questions about the implications of these developments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are closely monitoring this matter and will revert to you in case of any updates.