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Brazil's anti-spy Internet bill clears lower house vote

Published on Mar 26, 2014 11:12 AM

BRASILIA (REUTERS) - Brazil's lower chamber of Congress approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet and protecting the privacy of its users in the wake of US spying revelations.

To ensure passage of the bill, the government had to drop a contentious provision that would have forced global Internet companies to store data on Brazilian servers inside the country.

The rule was added last year to proposed Internet governance legislation after revelations that the US National Security Agency had spied on the personal communications of Brazilians, including those of President Dilma Rousseff.

Instead, the bill says companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc are subject to Brazilian laws and courts in cases involving information on Brazilians, even if the data is stored on servers abroad.

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