2016 – 2017: The Draft arrives at the House
Observatory’s Memory: Episode 2/5
After the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, the Draft bill that had been gestated for six years at the Executive arrives at the House and becomes the object of a Special Commission led by representatives Bruna Furlan and Orlando Silva, who accelerated the processing of the matter.
As one of her last actions as president, Dilma Rousseff sends the Personal Data Protection Draft to the House of Representatives, on May 12th, 2016. On that same day, the Senate approves the opening of Dilma’s impeachment process and she is permanently removed from the position.
Several entities of civil society that had been organized and articulated through the approval of the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet start to actively support the protection of personal data. In July, these entities create the Rights in Network Coalition.
The Draft is processed as Bill 5276/2016 and is sent to the Commission of Work, Administration and Public Service (CTASP). Representatives of the civil society search for someone among the CTASP representatives who could understand the importance of the subject. On May 20th, Orlando Silva (Communist Party of Brazil) is assigned as rapporteur of Bill 5276.
Both civil society and the private sector start working to make the subject of personal data protection better known and more palatable for the general audience. The result is a series of actions, such as the campaign “You Are Your Data”, from the Rights in Network Coalition.
An example of such an initiative is a manifest headed by Brasscom, the Brazilian Association of Information and Communication Technology Companies.
Throughout 2016 and 2017, protection of personal data is the main topic of discussion in several other events and seminars around Brazil, such as the Workshop on Protection of Rights and the Industry of Personal Data, promoted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil (MCTIC).
Also in 2017, the MCTIC included the need for the approval of a data protection law – as well as the creation or identification of an entity responsible for applying it – within the Brazilian Digital Strategy.
The recurring meetings end up reducing the tensions between the representatives of civil society/academia and the private sector on several aspects of Bill 5276. However, the subject was still far from being at the center of the public debate, and by the end of 2017, there was no perspective of it being approved.