Associação Data Privacy Brasil de Pesquisa: Leading the Charge in Data Privacy

Associação Data Privacy Brasil de Pesquisa and NGOsource

NGOsource not only commits to the highest standards of data privacy, but it also takes pride in supporting the many NGOs in the repository who champion data privacy rights around the globe. Although Data Privacy Day happens each year on January 28, it's something that all nonprofits and foundations need to think about every day of the year. One organization, in particular, leads the charge in data privacy issues when it comes to civil society. 

Associação Data Privacy Brasil de Pesquisa (Data Privacy Brasil), an NGO in Brazil, is one organization whose work around data privacy is leading the conversation in its community and worldwide. 

In Brazil, as in many countries across the globe, there is a conceptual separation between "privacy" and "personal data protection." Privacy is usually related to non-intrusion and the capacity to protect certain areas of the private sphere. Personal data protection is generally related to the capacity to control the flow of your personal data and establish safeguards for the redistribution of power and non-abusive discrimination. Data Privacy Brasil focuses on the belief that both of these concepts are fundamental, interconnected rights

Data Privacy Brasil and Data Privacy 

Data Privacy Brasil's focus on data privacy and digital rights is steadfast. "Society is constantly intermediated by algorithms, computers, automated decision-making, and new forms of scoring, ranking, and profiling. Individuals should have individual and collective rights to oppose abusive uses of personal data, to better understand these decisions, and to promote accountability,” says Rafael Zanatta, the director of Data Privacy Brasil. “The work Associação Data Privacy Brasil de Pesquisa does to promote the production of knowledge about the impact of information technologies is vital."

ED in Action

Data Privacy Brasil's equivalency determination (ED) allowed the organization to receive funds for two new projects focused on data privacy. One project focuses on public security and personal data protection (PDF). The other project is about major threats to democracy and the danger of authoritarianism in the use of new technologies by the public sector (subscription required). The ED certification from NGOsource was key to providing transparency and trust so that the organization could acquire funding for its work. Data Privacy Brasil first went through the ED process in 2020. The organization's ED remains on file in the NGOsource repository, where additional grantmakers can identify it and other international NGOs as potential partners and grantees.    

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As with many organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted Data Privacy Brasil's work, allowing the organization to expand by using online resources in new and impactful ways. It started with hiring people from different parts of the country and transitioned to completely remote work. The result increased the organization's own diversity, allowing it to gain more trust in different regions of Brazil. 

Diversity in projects also increased. The journal article The Data and the Virus examines the intersections between privacy, personal data, and measures necessary to contain the spread of the virus. The organization created a white paper for Brazilian policymakers to help them to make decisions that respect privacy while mitigating the pandemic. It published the e-book Data and Virus: Privacy, Pandemics, and Democracy and launched reports on the effects of contact tracing on privacy. The organization argued at the Supreme Court in Brazil, saying that it believes personal data protection is a fundamental right and a pillar of effective public policies.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and more individuals and organizations turn to digital spaces, Data Privacy Brasil's work continues to gain relevance and importance. To learn more about Data Privacy Brasil, visit its website at

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