The Association

About us

We are a non-profit civil society organization that promotes the protection of personal data and other fundamental rights in the face of the emergence of new technologies, social inequalities, and power asymmetries. We have a multidisciplinary team from different Brazilian regions that develop research of public interest, technical notes, analytical texts on emerging issues, and training sessions with decision-making agents and society in general.

Our vision 

We believe that the protection of personal data is one of the foundations of democracy and it needs to be considered from the perspective of social justice and power asymmetries. We work to promote a culture of data protection and to ensure that digital rights are fundamental rights for everyone, carrying out research that is open to the public, guided by a strong social commitment and with ethical funding.

We are a non-profit, non-partisan civil society organization that promotes the protection of personal data and other fundamental rights from a perspective of social justice and power asymmetries.

We believe that guaranteeing digital rights for everyone is one of the foundations of democracy. Through the development and dissemination of knowledge and information of public interest, we seek to promote a culture of data protection, guided by a strong social commitment and ethical financing.

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Team

Directors

Bruno Bioni

Rafael Zanatta

Bruno Bioni Founder and Executive Director [email protected]

Bruno Bioni | Founder and Executive Director

Ph.D. in Commercial Law and master’s in civil law from the University of São Paulo Law School. He was a study visitor for the Department of Personal Data Protection of the European Data Protection Board/EDPB and the Council of Europe, and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society at the University of Ottawa Law School. He is the author of the book “Proteção de Dados Pessoais: a função e os limites do consentimento” (Personal Data Protection: the role and limits of consent). He is a member of the Latin American Network of Studies on Surveillance, Technology and Society/LAVITS, and also of the International Association of Privacy Professionals – IAPP, with a CIPP/E Certification. He is the founder and director of Data Privacy Brasil, an intersection space between a school of courses and a research association in the area of privacy and data protection.

Rafael Zanatta Executive Director [email protected]

Rafael Zanatta | Executive Director

Executive director at the Data Privacy Brasil Research Association. He holds a master's degree from USP Law School and is a doctoral candidate at the USP Institute of Energy and Environment. He holds a Master’s in Law and Economics from the University of Turin. Alumni of the Privacy Law and Policy Course at the University of Amsterdam (2018). Member of the Latin American Network for Surveillance, Technology, and Society (Lavits). Member of the Brazilian Institute of Civil Liability (Iberc). He is an effective member of the Special Commission for the Defense of the Rights of Children and Adolescents of the OAB de São Paulo (2022-2025).

Coordenação

Erika Jardim

Mariana Rielli

Erika Jardim HR coordinator [email protected]

Erika Jardim | HR coordinator

BA and a teaching degree in Biological Sciences from Santa Cecília University (Santos/SP) and BA in Human Resources Management from Anhembi Morumbi University (São Paulo/SP), in addition to specialization courses in Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion, and Employer Branding. She has a career in the area of Human Resources and People Management, working on implementation projects in the area of HR/People and Culture, focusing on technology, innovation, and management. She has been the HR Coordinator at Data Privacy Brasil Research Association and Data Privacy Brasil Teaching since May 2021.

Mariana Rielli General Project Coordinator [email protected]

Mariana Rielli | General Project Coordinator

Lawyer and researcher with a career in the third sector, specifically in the areas of digital rights and human rights in general. A Bachelor of Laws from the University of São Paulo (USP), she developed several research and extension projects related to these themes, such as the Laboratory of Liberties of the USP Law School, where she worked as a coordinator. She worked as a research and advocacy advisor at the Legal Reference Center of NGO ARTIGO 19 Brasil between 2014 and 2018 and was a consultant for Alianza por la Libre Expresión e Información. She has been a member of Data Privacy Brasil since March 2019 and, after the formalization of Data Privacy Brasil Research Association, she began to coordinate the project Observatory of Privacy and Data Protection and integrated the general coordination of the NGO.

Marina Meira

Marina Meira General Project Coordinator [email protected]

Marina Meira | General Project Coordinator

Lawyer graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo, Master's student in Scientific Dissemination and Culture from Unicamp, and graduate student in Digital Law from UERJ. General Projects Coordinator of the Data Privacy Brasil Research Association, she also coordinates the project on Accountability and Digital Civil Identity. She was part of the legal team of the Children and Consumption program of NPO Alana Institute, and of the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection - Idec. She is a member of the Committee for the Defense of the Rights of Children and Adolescents of the Brazilian Bar Association/State of São Paulo, where she coordinates the Working Group for the Defense of Children and Adolescents in the Digital Environment.

Time

Eduardo Mendonça

Gabriela Vergili

Eduardo Mendonça Research Intern [email protected]

Eduardo Mendonça | Research Intern

Undergraduate law student at the State University of Rio Grande do Norte (UERN). He is part of the Volunteer Researchers at the Group of Studies and Public Policies of the Law School (FAD UERN), which aims to originate a culture of access to information and transparency in the public sector in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Research Intern at Data Privacy Research Association since March 2022.

Gabriela Vergili Researcher [email protected]

Gabriela Vergili | Researcher

Bachelor of Laws from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). Lawyer and researcher at Data Privacy Brasil since 2019. After the formalization of Data Privacy Brasil Research Association, she worked on the project "The Data and the Virus", and is currently part of the project New Frontiers of Digital Rights.

Guilherme Tecianelli

Hana Mesquita A. Figueira

Guilherme Tecianelli Designer

Guilherme Tecianelli | Designer

BA in Graphic Design from State University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais). He has a career in the area of visual identity and online campaigns, as well as the development of graphic material and content production in the area of education and technology. He is a Graphic Designer at Data Privacy Brasil Research Association and Data Privacy Brasil Education since July 2021.

Hana Mesquita A. Figueira Researcher [email protected]

Hana Mesquita A. Figueira | Researcher

Lawyer and researcher in the area of data protection and new technologies. Bachelor’s degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and member of the Legalité research group - PUC-Rio. She has been a researcher at Data Privacy Brasil Research Association since June 2021.

Helena Secaf dos Santos

Horrara Moreira

Helena Secaf dos Santos Researcher [email protected]

Helena Secaf dos Santos | Researcher

Master's student and LLB from the Law School of São Paulo at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EDESP/FGV). She attended a semester at Columbia Law School (NY) through an academic exchange program. Lawyer and researcher at Data Privacy Brasil since September 2020, she is currently the Research Coordinator of the project Surveillance on Borders.

Horrara Moreira Communication Analyst [email protected]

Horrara Moreira | Communication Analyst

Graduating in Law from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). She is trained in Human-Centered Design from Acumen Academy and Ideo.org (2020), in Collaborative Practices from the Brazilian Institute of Collaborative Practices (2020), and in Business Negotiation from CMI Interser (2019). Social articulation assistant at the Justice Forum (2022). Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion of the Committee of Young Mediators (CBMA) (2021). Monitor of legal practice in labor-related and human rights mediation (2020-2022), member of the Center of Popular Legal Advice Service Amarildo de Souza - Unirio (2016-2017), and assistant of the study group on political struggles Angela Davis - Unirio (2017). Founding member of the They exist - Incarcerated women Association (2017). She has been a Communications Analyst at Data Privacy Brasil Research Association since March 2022.

Jaqueline Trevisan Pigatto

Johanna Monagreda

Jaqueline Trevisan Pigatto Researcher [email protected]

Jaqueline Trevisan Pigatto | Researcher

Master’s in International Relations at the San Tiago Dantas Graduate Program (UNESP - UNICAMP - PUC/SP) and Ph.D. student in Social Sciences from UNESP. She was a fellow at ICANN NextGen and [email protected] She has been researching global Internet Governance since 2016 and works as a researcher at Data Privacy Brasil Association since 2020.

Johanna Monagreda Project Coordinator [email protected]

Johanna Monagreda | Project Coordinator

Ph.D. and master’s degree in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She holds a Teaching Degree in Political and Administrative Science from the Central University of Venezuela. She is a researcher at the Center for Studies and Research on Women NEPEM/UFMG, and the author of the dissertation: “State has not given us any presents: Processes of institutionalizing demands from Afro-descendant movements in Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador.” Throughout her professional career, she has worked on important research in the field of human rights, racial equality policies, and policies for women in Latin America.

Júlia Fernandes de Mendonça

Marina Garrote

Júlia Fernandes de Mendonça Researcher [email protected]

Júlia Fernandes de Mendonça | Researcher

Attorney. Graduated in Law from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and Master's Degree candidate at the same institution. Researcher at Data Privacy Brazil Research Association since august 2020, currently linked to the Privacy Observatory and the Childhood and Data project. Advisor and former president of the Innovation and Digital Rights Lab at UFBA (Labid²). Member of the Management Center of the Research Group Civilistic Dialogues at UFBA

Marina Garrote Researcher [email protected]

Marina Garrote | Researcher

Lawyer. Master's student in Civil Procedure from the University of São Paulo. Specialist in Gender and Sexuality by the Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights of the Institute of Social Medicine of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

Nathan Paschoalini

Mikael Servilha

Nathan Paschoalini Researcher [email protected]

Nathan Paschoalini | Researcher

Bachelor of Laws and master’s student in Law and Innovation from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, developing research at the intersection between political economy and data protection. Member of the Center for Advanced Studies in Person, Innovation, and Law (NEAPID). He has been a researcher at Data Privacy Brasil Research Association since June 2021.

Mikael Servilha Researcher [email protected]

Mikael Servilha | Researcher

Bachelor of Sciences and Humanities and Undergraduate student of International Relations and Economics, all at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC). He attended a semester at the Porto Accounting and Business School (Portugal) through an academic exchange program. He is member of the Observatory of Foreign Policy and International Insertion of Brazil. He develops research on the Trade & Technology interface, focusing on the regulation of cross-border data flow in free trade agreements.

Rafael Guimarães

Roberto Junior

Rafael Guimarães Social Network Analyst

Rafael Guimarães | Social Network Analyst

BA in Social Communication with Qualification in Advertising from UNIFACS (Salvador University), with experience in advertising agencies and digital marketing. He has worked as a social media writer and analyst for clients from the most diverse sectors, focusing on content planning and production. He manages Data Privacy Brasil's social networks since February 2020.

Roberto Junior Graphic Designer

Roberto Junior | Graphic Designer

Graduated in Digital Design and Cinema, he works with graphic/digital design, art direction and publishing. He has experience in marketing teams and has been working on Data Privacy since February 2021.

Thaís Aguiar

Vinicius Silva

Thaís Aguiar Researcher [email protected]

Thaís Aguiar | Researcher

Lawyer, Bachelor of Laws from the Federal University of Pernambuco - UFPE and graduate student in Data Protection Law from the University of Lisbon. With national and international experience in projects related to law and technology and Internet Governance, she worked at the Organization of American States, at the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL-OAS), and was a researcher at IP.rec - Institute for Law and Technology Research of Recife, MITACS Globalink Intern at the University of Sherbrooke and Summer Research Scholar at the University of Auckland. A UNICEF Brazil and Fundação Estudar volunteer, she is also a Youth SIG member at Internet Society and an ISOC Brasil member, where she is part of the working group  on intermediary liability. She has been working as a researcher at Data Privacy Brasil Research Association since June 2020.

Vinicius Silva Incidence Analyst [email protected]

Vinicius Silva | Incidence Analyst

Master's in Social Change and Political Participation and with a BA in Public Policy Management from the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (EACH) of the University of São Paulo (USP). More than 8 years of professional experience in government relations and advocacy, working with monitoring, strategy, and advocacy regarding public policies in various sectors. Researcher in the following groups: Studies in Body and Art (ECOAR), Interdisciplinary Research in Humanities (PIH), and Center for Audiovisual Research and Production (NUPEPA), all from USP. Academic production in the Interdisciplinary area, mainly on issues related to the Brazilian military dictatorship, the permanent state of exception, and democracy.

Willian Oliveira

Willian Oliveira Communication Intern [email protected]

Willian Oliveira | Communication Intern

Undergraduate student of Journalism at the Federal University of Goiás. Extension fellow in projects related to popular and shared journalism, with a focus on human rights. He has experience in press office services and public communication services. He has been a Communication Intern at Data Privacy Brasil Research Association since November 2021.

Advisory board

Carlos Afonso

Cecília Olliveira

Carlos Afonso Conselheiro

Carlos Afonso | Conselheiro

Carlos Alberto Afonso is a consultant at the Nupef Institute. He was one of the pioneers in the development of the Internet in Brazil by creating Alternex as an experimental messaging system that would evolve into the first Internet service provider in the country. In 1995, while he was one of the directors of IBASE (Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses), he worked for the creation of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), of which he was a member until 2017. He is a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Cecília Olliveira Conselheira

Cecília Olliveira | Conselheira

Cecília Olliveira is an investigative journalist dedicated to covering drug and arms trafficking and violence. In 2016, frustrated with the lack of publicly available data, she began mapping the shootings in Rio de Janeiro. This idea became Fogo Cruzado (“Crossed Fire”), which today is an Institute that uses technology to produce and disseminate open and collaborative data on gun violence. Today, FC is expanding to all major cities in Brazil. She was the only Latin American finalist for the 2020 Reporters Without Borders Press Awards, which celebrates bold and courageous voices in the global media.

Fernanda Bruno

Marília Monteiro

Fernanda Bruno Conselheira

Fernanda Bruno | Conselheira

Fernanda Bruno is a professor at the Graduation Program in Communication and Culture at the Institute of Psychology of UFRJ. She is the coordinator of MediaLab.UFRJ, a researcher at CNPq and a founding member of the Latin American Network for Studies in Surveillance, Technology and Society/LAVITS. She was a visiting researcher at Sciences Po, Paris (2010-2011) and at the Department of Digital Humanities of King's College, London (2019-2020). She is currently a research fellow at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queens University, Canada. Some of her recent books include: “Máquinas de ver, modos de ser: vigilância, tecnologia e subjetividade” (Sulina, 2013) (“Machines of watching, ways of being: surveillance, technology and subjectivity”) and “Tecnopolíticas da Vigilância: perspectivas da margem” (2018, Boitempo) (“Techno policies of Surveillance: perspectives of the margin”)

Marília Monteiro Conselheira

Marília Monteiro | Conselheira

She works in the area of Global Public Policy at ByteDance. She was a researcher at WZB Berlin (2017), worked at the Ministry of Justice (2013-2015), as a researcher at the Institute of Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS-Rio) (2013), and has a bachelor’s degree in Law from Getúlio Vargas Foundation, with a Master’s in Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance.

Renato Leite Monteiro

Virgílio Almeida

Renato Leite Monteiro Conselheiro

Renato Leite Monteiro | Conselheiro

Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law from the University of São Paulo – USP. LL.M. in Law and Technology from New York University – NYU and the National University of Singapore – NUS. Master in Constitutional Law from UFC. He was a study visitor and consultant for the Council of Europe's Personal Data Protection Department. He actively participated and collaborated in the discussions and drafting of Brazil's General Personal Data Protection Act (LGPD). CIPP/E, CIPM, and FIP certifications. Founder and Professor of Data Privacy Brasil Education.

Virgílio Almeida Conselheiro

Virgílio Almeida | Conselheiro

He is currently an Associate Professor at the Berkman Klein Center of Harvard University. Virgílio Almeida is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). In 2016, he was a visiting professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, a master's degree in Computer Science from PUC-Rio de Janeiro, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has held visiting positions at various universities and research labs, such as New York University, Boston University, Santa Fe Institute, and HP Research Labs. Virgílio was the National Secretary for Information Technology Policies of the Brazilian government from 2011 to 2015. He was president of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), from 2011 to 2016. He was also President of NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Conference on the Future of Internet Governance, which was held in São Paulo in 2014. Virgílio is currently one of the 26 commissioners of the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace (cyberstability.org/). In 2017, Virgílio chaired a Commission of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS). He was president of the Computer Science Department at UFMG, which currently has one of the top five graduate programs in Computer Science in Brazil.

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Ethical and Transparent Financing Policy

We believe that ethical funding is a key element in an independent non-profit organization. Our ethical and transparent financing policy establishes criteria that allow donations to be made ethically and based on our principles, thus providing for situations where a donation may be rejected or considered incompatible. The Policy determines an independent evaluation system for donations above two hundred thousand reais and sets the functioning of the Independent Reviewers Group.

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Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

In addition to ethics and strict parameters for funding the organization's activities, we are also committed to unrestricted respect for all employees and the setup of formal and informal mechanisms for reporting any case of discrimination or harassment in the work environment. The purpose of the anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy is to create and clarify the means of communication and support for NGO members, in addition to training them with ethical behavior guidelines.

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Conflict of Interest Policy

The Conflict-of-Interest Policy provides procedures to harmonize the multiple engagements of the Association's employees in projects parallel to those they conduct internally, considering the dynamics of their activities and their research. The Policy creates an Internal Committee to evaluate cases in which there may be conflicts between the interests of employees and of the Association.

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