Brazil Interim President Signs Changes to FOI Act
Brazil’s interim President Hamilton Mourão signed this week a new degree which will introduce changes to the country’s freedom of information law.
The changes will allows ministers and executive secretaries of government departments to transfer classification responsibility for documents containing privileged information to lower-ranking public servants. They can now assign the ultra-secret level to documents for a 25-year period, which can be extended for the same amount of time. Meanwhile, less senior public servants can now classify documents as secret, which will remain so for 15 years.