Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday signed a bill giving Brazilians sweeping protections against collection, storage and misuse of personal data. Provisions of the bill come into effect at the start of 2020, giving businesses and government agencies time to adjust their practices. The President, however, vetoed creation of a proposed National Data Protection Authority (AMPD), saying Congress cannot create a new government agency during an election campaign. Brazilians go to the polls in a general and presidential election in October. Aides said Congress is free to create the agency, which will enforce provisions of the law, after the election. The law prevents businesses and government agencies from using personal data without permission. It also creates mechanisms for users to verify the personal information held by private and public entities. The bill is based on international models already widely used.
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