Open Data Bill is approved by the Chamber Commission | Legislation

The Chamber of Deputies Science and Technology, Communication and Informatics Commission approved the bill creating the Open Data Law (PL 7.804 / 2014). The text requires that the Union, states and municipalities provide the openable bases in accessible formats.

Open Data Bill is approved by the Chamber Commission

Photo: Najara Araujo / Chamber of Deputies

The project affects organs of the Executive, Legislative Powers, including the Courts of Accounts, and the Judiciary, in addition to the Public Ministry. It also affects municipalities, foundations and public companies, mixed-capital companies and other entities controlled directly or indirectly by the Government.

Presented in 2014 by then deputy Pedro Paulo (DEM-RJ), the project passed the Commission as a substitute for the rapporteur, deputy André Figueiredo (PDT-CE). The current version also considered four other projects that created the National Open Data Policy.

The availability of open data by public bodies is provided for in the Constitution and the Marco Civil da Internet (Law 12.965 / 2014). The Access to Information Law (Law 12.527 / 2011) defines data that can be published.

If approved, the Open Data Law will enter into force 90 days after its publication. After that, the government will have six months to prepare the Public Administration Open Data Manual and create a website to centralize this information.

Then, municipalities with more than 500 thousand inhabitants will have another six months to adapt. Municipalities with a population between 10,000 and 500,000 inhabitants will have one year to adapt, while municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants will be exempted from the requirement.

The draft Open Data Law will be analyzed in the Labor, Administration and Service commissions; Finance and Taxation; and Constitution and Justice and Citizenship. The analysis has a conclusive character and, therefore, the text does not need to be voted in plenary.

With information: TeleSynthesis.

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