Monthly Archives: August 2013

Brazilian court aiming to disclose personal data of 140 million citizens to Serasa/ Experian

The Brazilian Superior Electoral Court (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral, or TSE), the highest court to deal with electoral issues, signed a contract with the one of the leading financial databases in Brazil, Serasa/ Experian, which prescribed the Court was supposed to give Experian personal data of the all Brazilian citizens allowed to vote. This amount accounts for more than 140 million citizens.

Altought the contract specifies that a set of personal data would be sent, like name, electoral number, date of birth and mothers’ name, it must be stressed that the Court has what is probably one of the biggest biometric database in use, which was collected in order to provide means to the biometric authentication of each citizen in the automated Brazilian voting system.

The Courts’ president, soon after the news about the contract came out by some of the major Brazilians’ newspapers, denied knowledge about it and made sure the disclosure of personal data is illegal and would review the contract.

[contract available here (portuguese only)]