Does Approov Comply with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD)?

Compatibility of the Approov Security Solution with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD)

In today's digital age, the protection of personal data and privacy is paramount. This is especially true for mobile applications that handle sensitive user data daily. With the enactment of the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD), businesses operating in Brazil or handling Brazilian citizens' data are obligated to adhere to strict guidelines around the collection, use, and protection of personal data. Approov, a leading mobile app security solution, plays a crucial role in helping companies align with these regulations. 

Understanding LGPD

The Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD) creates a new legal framework for the use of personal data in Brazil, online and offline, in the private and public sector. The LGPD is Brazil’s first comprehensive data protection regulation, and it broadly aligns with the GDPR, as both are based on very similar concepts, including consent and robust data subject rights.

It mirrors the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in many respects but tailors its provisions to fit the Brazilian context. It applies to any business that processes the personal data of individuals in Brazil, regardless of where the business is located. The law emphasizes transparency, accountability, and the need for explicit consent to process personal data. Moreover, it grants individuals rights over their data, including access to data, correction, anonymization, portability, deletion, and information about sharing with third parties.

Approov's Role in Compliance

Approov’s security solution primarily focuses on protecting mobile apps from various threats, including API abuse, data breaches, and unauthorized access—all critical areas under LGPD. Here’s how Approov aligns with LGPD’s requirements:

  1. Data Minimization: LGPD stresses the principle of data minimization—collecting only necessary data. Approov helps enforce this principle by securing APIs that mobile apps use to access personal data. It ensures that only legitimate, verified apps can make requests to these APIs, significantly reducing the risk of data leakage.
  2. User Consent Management: One of LGPD’s pillars is user consent, and Approov’s solution can play a part in ensuring that data accessed by mobile applications is done so with proper user permissions. While Approov itself does not manage user consents directly, it provides  the secure environment necessary for managing these consents appropriately within the app.
  3. Data Protection by Design: Approov embeds security into the development and operation of mobile apps. It uses techniques like app attestation, certificate pinning, and shielding to protect data from unauthorized access and breaches. This approach is in line with LGPD’s requirement for data protection by design and by default.
  4. Preventing Unauthorized Access: Approov’s dynamic pinning and real-time threat intelligence capabilities prevent Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks and other threats that could compromise sensitive data. By ensuring that communications between the app and backend servers are secure, Approov helps organizations comply with LGPD’s security obligations.
  5. Reporting and Accountability: In the event of a data breach, LGPD requires timely breach notification. Approov’s real time monitoring tools enable organizations to detect and respond to security incidents swiftly, facilitating compliance with breach notification and accountability requirements.

Implementation and Beyond

For businesses operating mobile apps in Brazil, integrating Approov’s security solution offers a robust way to address the technical safeguards required by LGPD. However, legal and procedural compliance measures must also be in place, including data protection impact assessments, privacy notices, and user rights fulfillment processes.

Ensuring Compliance and Privacy

In addition to preventing your apps and APIs from leaking personal information, it is important to highlight that the Approov solution itself does not process or collect 'Personal Data' during its operation. The Approov Mobile Security platform only collects the IP address and device ID, both of which are anonymized to ensure they are not classified as personal data under LGPD regulations.


The compatibility of the Approov security solution with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law highlights its effectiveness not just as a security tool, but as a facilitator of compliance in the complex landscape of data protection regulations. By focusing on preventing unauthorized data access and ensuring that mobile apps handle data securely, Approov provides businesses with the tools necessary to meet LGPD’s stringent requirements, thereby protecting both the user's data and the organization's reputation.