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Federal Law No. 13,608 was published on January 11th, 2018, which authorizes States to create telephone hotlines, to be preferably accessed for free. The law enables the hotline to be operated by non-profit private entities, through an agreement.

Regarding the payment of rewards, the law establishes that the Union, the States, Federal District and Municipalities may establish ways to reward whistleblowers who offer useful information to prevent, repress or determine crimes and administrative offences.

The new law still modifies Article 4 of Federal Law No. 10,201/2001, adding that the National Fund of Public Security will support the implementation of hotlines with the guarantee of  confidentiality for whistleblowers and the payment of cash rewards for information leading to solving crimes.



Alessandro da Cruz is a senior associate at the Compliance & Investigations practice group of Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie) in São Paulo, Brazil. In the anticorruption compliance field, his practice includes assistance in matters involving the Brazilian anticorruption framework, FCPA and other anticorruption legislation, internal investigations (including multijurisdictional cases), development, revision and implementation of compliance programs, training of employees, risk assessments and due diligence in the context of M&A transactions.