GDPR and Latin America

The coming into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has already triggered repercussions in Latin America, a region where the GDPR is influencing other reform initiatives, as is the case with Argentina reviewing their data protection legal framework. On 29 May, the first data protection bill was finally approved by the lower house in the Brazilian Parliament. The bill reflects many of the approaches, tools and mechanisms of the GDPR, although there is still a bit of uncertainty concerning certain issues, for example, the legal nature and shape of the national data protection authority. The bill still has to go through the Senate on a second reading, but both the government and the opposition have already stated that it is a priority, which makes it very likely that Brazil will have its first data protection law by the end of the year.​