Brazil: Senate includes protection of personal data as a fundamental right in the Constitution
The Senate Plenary of Brazil approved, on 20 October 2021, the text of the Constitutional Amendment Proposal PEC No. 17/2019 ('PEC 17/2019'), following its approval by the House of Representatives. In particular, PEC No. 17/2019 amends the Brazilian Federal Constitution to include the protection of personal data among the fundamental rights and guarantees, as well as to establish the exclusive federal competence to legislate on the protection and processing of personal data. Moreover, PEC 17/2019 was approved unanimously with 64 votes in the first round and 76 in the second round of voting.
The text must now be promulgated in a session of the National Congress which is yet to be scheduled.