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Third-Party Due Diligence

In the early 2000s, when a company was asked if there was a compliance program in force, the answer would be the existence of a Code of Ethics or Conduct. If that was the case and there was a compliance program, the company could boast this as a hallmark.

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VIRTUAL VOICE ASSISTANTS AND PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

While Brazil's National Data Protection Authority (ANPD) struggles to meet its General DataProtection Act (LGPD) regulatory schedule for the two-year period of 2021 and2022, Europe is making strides in regulating and guiding various aspects of the GeneralData Protection Regulation (GDPR), as shown below.

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Why you should not ignore risk assessment

Considering the hardships the world is going through, recently paralyzed by one of the biggest pandemics in history which, claimed the lives of millions of people millions of companies that could not bear the burden of shutdowns and were not prepared for working remotely, it has become necessary to draw attention to something that many companies despise: the habit of performing risk assessments.

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Ethics and Democracy

After moments of great suffering when not only Brazil but the world was faced with a lethal pandemic resulting in the death of millions, life begins to return to normal. The economic issues caused by the pandemic in addition to the health injuries of citizens show the dramatic social abyss, which is engulfing mainly the lower-middle classes in Brazil. Economic markers, GDP below the target, and galloping inflation demonstrate that the ghost of recession is more realistic than we'd like.

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Relationships between co-workers and conflicts of interest

The recurring theme of romantic relationships between co-workers has been around the corporate world for quite some time and often leaves the field of Human Resources or even Compliance in difficult situations.

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The importance of encryption in the era of personal data protection

Encryption is the process of turning information into text by using an algorithm (called a cipher) in order to enable anyone to read it except those with a particular identification, usually referred to as a key. The result of this process is encrypted information, also known as ciphertext.

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Coportate fraud and its evidence

Fraud has been a considerable concern in every corporate sector, although the financial sector is the most affected and the one undertaking the most measures to prevent it in addition to respecting and complying with regulations by competent bodies.

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National Data Protection Authority publishes Security Information Guidelines for Small Processing Agents

October 28, 2021 – The National Data Protection Authority (ANPD), which is the regulatory and supervisory body for the protection of personal data in Brazil, has published on October 4, 2021 a new guide called “Information Security Guidelines for Small Processing Agents”.

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HOW WHISTLEBLOWERS ARE TREATED IN BRAZIL AND IN THE USA

Not many Brazilians are aware that Statute #13,964, of December 24, 2019, emerging from the former Justice Minister Sérgio Moro's anti-crime package, has brought a great innovation that could change the scenery of corruption  and other crimes in Brazil, especially the  "White collar” ones. It amended another Statute, #13,608, by introducing the role of the informer. Introducing protective measures therefor, such as: (i) full protection against retaliation, establishing specific sanctions for those who retaliate; (ii) exemption from civil or criminal liability in relation to a report in good faith; and (iii) identity confidentiality. Furthermore, the Statute provided for a reward of up to 5% of the amount recovered, when information results in recovery of revenue resulting from crimes against the public administration (government).

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MATCHING THE LEGAL BASIS FOR THE PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA - THE GREAT EXAMPLE GIVEN BY THE UNITED KINGDOM'S DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY (ICO)

One of the biggest challenges for a company's adequacy projects to personal data protection's legislation is matching the processing of certain personal data in any legal basis available in the law; depending on the country and, consequently, on its local law, there is not even the possibility of choosing a legal basis for matching, as occurs, for example, in the USA. However, this difficulty affects both Brazil and most European countries.

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GUIDE TO ASSESS THE INTERFERENCE OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

In February 2020, the European Data Protection Board released a recommendation guide on essential guarantees for surveillance measures implemented under the European General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR.

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FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN ITALY

The fight against corruptionin Italy has always been a great challenge, considering the difficulties inconfronting organized crime, especially the mafia, which has received differentnames depending on the region, such as the Camorra in Naples, the Cosa Nostrain Sicily, and the 'Ndrangheta in Calabria.

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BRAZILIAN POWER SUPPLY CRISIS AND COMPANY STANCES

Brazil is currently going through the most severe water shortage in the last 91 years, according to CNN. This impacts the power supply crisis, leading to notice after notice  on increases in the consumer's electricity bill, determined by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (Aneel), as more expensive energy sources such as thermoelectric plants need to be activated or have their production increased to compensate for the limitations imposed on hydroelectric power plants, as they have no input material.

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