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The State of Goiás and Transparency International enter into Technical Cooperation Agreement – Due to the release of its Public Compliance Program from the Executive Branch (“PCP”), Goiás is one of the seven Brazilian States selected by Transparency International NGO (“TI”) for the “Integrity on Brazilian States” project. In this first edition, the State Government will have access to a diagnosis, which will evaluate integrity, anti-corruption and transparency on institutional and legal environments, from the TI’s Local Governance Program’s methodology. (DM; 11.24.2019)

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The Airport of Maringá hires compliance local company – The Airport of Maringá, a city located at the Brazilian State of Paraná, hired the company Compliance Integrado Gestão Empresarial to provide training to its public servers and to carry out activities that warn them about the importance of transparency in public actions. According to Fernando Rezende, the airport’s executive chief, compliance is a culture that shall be widespread. The hiring occurred at the cost of BRL 41,000.00 (forty-one thousand Brazilian Reais), through waiver of bid proceeding. (CBN; 11.27.2019)

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Facebook admits it tracks users even without their permission – According to publication of American journal The Hill, through a document sent to Senators Josh Hawley and Chris Coons, Facebook admitted tracking its users even when their geolocation system is disabled. The company clarified that the monitoring is carried out through information people share on Facebook, by IP addresses and other net connections they use. Senator Hawley disclosed the entire document on his Twitter, emphasizing that Congress needs to intervene in this scenario of complete lack of control over citizens’ personal data. Nevertheless, Facebook asserts it has an engineers’ team exclusively dedicated to the infrastructure of collection and protection of location data. (R7, 12.18.2019)

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FBI offers preventive data protection service to companies – After two of its agents have warned lots of American casinos about a potential weakness in their kiosk systems, FBI changed its method to face the issue of cybercrimes. Now, besides its consulting function, it also takes a role in the preventive field, anticipating complaints. In this sense, the agency is announcing to public and private entities the Illicit Data Loss Exploitation program (“IDLE”) that consists in a protection device against illegal data access, whether from an in-house agent or any remote criminal. The IDLE’s operation is based on the creation of fictional data packages to mislead hackers, inducing them to handle fake information and keeping them distant from the true ones. It is a concept of “deceptive platforms” used by startup companies in the last years, which inspiration is the famous Greek story of “Trojan Horse”. IDLE’s core mission is granting to organizations more time to defend themselves against the actions of cybercriminals. Only of the threat is serious and actual, FBI comes into play. (Exame Informática, 12.23.2019)

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Data Protection Bill arouses controversies in India – After more than one year of debates, the Indian Parliament is about to approve the first law in the country about data protection, establishing limitations to the modus operandi of companies in collection and use of information held by almost 1.3 billion people. Although based on current European legislation by granting to Indian citizens devices to request and better control their data, the law concerns experts that consider it a “carte blanche” for interventions and abuses from the Government. (The New York Times, 12.10.2019)

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To learn more
Due to the growth of business opportunities around the world, a greater need for supervision, governance and control related to compliance with customs and foreign trade rules has emerged. So, in this edition, we recommend the article “Trade compliance e riscos aduaneiros”.

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