Data Protection (R)Evolutions in the BRICS Countries


  • Luca Belli


  • Danilo Doneda
  • Wei Wang
  • Andrey Shcherbovich
  • Smriti Parsheera
  • Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze

Organisation: FGV

Room: Online 3

Timing: 14:15 - 15:30 on 27 January 2021

The panel will explore tremendous evolutions that have happened in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) data protection frameworks over the past 12 months:

• The new Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD) just entered in force and a new National Data Protection Authority (ANPD) will be established soon
• Russia is implementing data-intensive measures related to covid19 and a new Artificial Intelligence strategy
• India is finalising the new Data Protection Bill and is planning a new Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture
• China has just released its draft Personal Information Protection Law and plans a Global Initiative on Data Security
• Sections of the South African Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) entered in force. POPIA is now under “12-month grace period”
• How is the enforcement of Data Protection instruments in BRICS’s countries converging (or not)?
• Are data protection legal frameworks tied, or even dependent on some level, with cybersecurity frameworks?
• Which roles and institutional functions do the BRICS’ Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) play?
• Are there specific elements of resonance and harmonization among the data protection frameworks in BRICS’s countries?


Luca Belli

Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School (BR)

Luca Belli is Professor of Law and Head of the CyberBRICS Project at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, Rio de Janeiro, and Associated Researcher at the Centre de Droit Public Comparé of Paris 2 University. His research focuses on data protection regulations, Internet access policy, and digital policy in the BRICS countries.
Professor Belli has worked for and been consulted by various international organisations and national regulators, including the Council of Europe, the International Telecommunications Union, the Internet Society and the French Telecoms Regulators. His works have been published or quoted by numerous media outlets, including Le Monde, BBC, The Hill, O Globo, El Pais and La Stampa.


Danilo Doneda

Brazilian Institute for Public Law (BR)

PhD in Civil Law. Lawyer. Professor at IDP. Advisor to the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( and Fundação Osvaldo Cruz (Fiocruz). Member of the advisory boards of the United Nations Global Pulse Privacy Group, the Project Children and Consumption (Instituto Alana) and Open Knowledge Brazil. Previously worked at the Ministry of Justice (Brazil). Member of the editorial board of the Contemporary Civil Law Review and Revista de Derecho Digital. Former visiting researcher at the Italian Data Protection Authority (Rome, Italy), University of Camerino (Camerino, Italy) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany). Part of his work is available at

Wei Wang

University of Hong Kong (CN)

Wayne Wei Wang is now a PhD Candidate in Computational Legal Studies at the University of Hong Kong and CyberBRICS Fellow at FGV Rio Law School in Brazil. Trained in Engineering and Law, Wayne focuses his research interests on Data Protection, IP & IT Law, Innovation Policy. He engages as an Administrative Officer for Creative Commons Hong Kong Chapter. Prior to his PhD studies, Wayne recently completed the WIPO/QUT LLM in Intellectual Property with Dean’s Scholarship in Australia and worked as Data Analyst of IP litigations at a legal tech start-up in Shenzhen as well as Research Associate at Law and Technology Centre, HKU.

Andrey Shcherbovich

Higher School of Economics (RU)

Graduated from the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Law (Department of International Law) in 2008. Completed Postgraduate studies at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia); Faculty of Law (Department of Constitutional and Municipal Law) in 2011. 2011 - Present: Associate professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Law (Department of Constitutional and Municipal Law). Februrary – July 2019: CyberBRICS Research Fellow, FGV Direito Rio, Funda?_o Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Smriti Parsheera

CyberBRICS Project & NIPFP (IN)

Smriti Parsheera is a researcher at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi and a Fellow with the CyberBRICS Project hosted by the FGV Law School, Brazil. Her research focuses on digital rights and technology and the policy processes shaping these fields.

Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze

Information Regulator of South Africa (SA)

Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze is the Senior Partner at Snail Attorneys @ Law and holds a Baccalareus Legum (LLB) from the University of Pretoria and an (LLM) from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently registered with the University Of Fort Hare for an (LLD). He is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Fort hare (UFH) since 2015 and Lecturer in Cyberlaw / IT Law and regularly acts as an external examiner. Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze is also a member of South African Information Regulator (SAIR) and member of Films and Publication Appeal Board (FPAB) since 2016 and 2017 respectively and also co-editor and author of the 3rd Edition of Cyberlaw @ SA 3. He is also currently involved in the writing of 4th Edition Cyberlaw @ SA 4 to be released 2020.