Provisional Measure No. 959 postpones the Personal Data Protection Law to May 2021



President Jair Bolsonaro issued Provisional Measure No. 959 on April 29, 2020, which postpones the effective date of the Brazilian Personal Data Protection Law (“LGPD”). As a result, the LGPD, which would come into force in August 2020, will now become effective on May 3, 2021. This Provisional Measure is under an urgent regime for voting.

It should be highlighted that several bills that involve the LGPD are currently being discussed in Congress. Earlier this month, the Senate had already approved a bill (PL No. 1179/2020) that changed the effective date of the LGPD to the beginning of 2021. This bill is also running under an urgent regime, as it awaits voting in the Chamber of Deputies.

In addition to extending the entry into force date of the LGPD, the Provisional Measure deals with emergency measures to minimize the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, establishing the operation of the Emergency subsidy payment for the Employment and Income Preservation, as well as the monthly emergency subsidy, referred to in Provisional Measure No. 936, from April 1, 2020.