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brazil internet privacy billBrazil has passed a comprehensive legislation on internet privacy stating the rights, duties, principles, guarantees for both internet users and service providers here.

The lower House of Deputies had passed the bill earlier, and the Senate approved it later yesterday, leaving only the expected signature into law from President Dilma Rousseff.

“The law is aimed at balancing freedom of expression and the web-users’ rights to privacy and protection of personal data,” Rousseff said.

The government-backed law stopped short of requiring companies such as Google and Facebook to store local users’ data in Brazilian data centers.

Rousseff, in the past, has spoken out forcefully against cyber-snooping revealed by US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden who now lives in Russia. The US eavesdropping targeted her staff’s communications and those of others at Petrobras, the state oil giant.

She was so infuriated by US National Security Agency snooping that she cancelled a state visit to Washington scheduled for October in protest, and pushed for a UN resolution aimed at protecting “online” human rights.

Times of India

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