Brazilian lawmakers approve bill of online rights, minus local storage requirements


The lower house of Brazil’s Congress has approved the country’s first bill of online rights, the Marco Civil da Internet. If passed by the Senate and signed off by the president, the bill would entrench net neutrality in Brazilian law and limit the liability of web platforms if users upload certain types of unlawful content.

However, while the bill would force international web firms to adhere to Brazilian privacy law in legal disputes regarding local citizens, it would not require companies such as Google(s goog) and Facebook(s fb) to store data on Brazilians within Brazil’s borders.

The country’s government emitted the greatest outrage in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA surveillance revelations, with President Dilma Rousseff calling for measures to keep Brazilian data within the country where possible. Part of that plan involved mandating local storage, but that proved to be a major sticking point and Rousseff backed off

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