Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations in Brazil, the board members of the body responsible for enforcing the rules have been appointed – and most of them are members of the military.
The first president of the the National Data Protection Authority (ANPD, in the Portuguese acronym) is Waldemar Gonçalves, a retired Army colonel who is currently president of state-owned telecommunications company Telebras, a role he has held since January 2019.
Joacil Basilio Rael, a former military officer and an academic who has been focusing on areas such as data security, has also taken a seat on the ANPD board. Arthur Pereira Sabbat, lieutenant-colonel of the Brazilian Army, head of the presidency’s Institutional Security Office and one of the authors of the national cybersecurity strategy, has also been appointed.
In addition, Miriam Wimmer, telecommunications services director at the Ministry of Communications has also been appointed, as well as solicitor Nairane Farias Rabelo Leitão, as the only private sector representative.
Attributions of the ANPD include the creation of frameworks on how to handle information and guide organizations on how to adhere to the rules. It will also be responsible for monitoring and applying fines to non-compliant organizations.