Brazil’s takes up landmark Internet security bill


Brazil has become the first country in the world to take up first step towards passing an internet security bill as the number of companies grows crying foul over government agency snooping on the net space.

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has accepted a bill which focuses on the points of net neutrality, right to privacy and freedom of expression online. Net neutrality will ensure that companies cannot insist or influence users to use a certain service, even the telecom companies will not be allowed to favor certain internet services for their commercial advantage.

The bill also proposes that the privacy rights, data protection and secrecy of information of individuals, companies, wherever the data is stored, maintained, be subject to the laws of the origin of the data – in this case, the Brazilian laws.

Another important point of the law is that the internet companies are not liable to the content published by their users on their sites. If the companies accept to remove the offensive content, the matter should end there, if they don’t, then the complainant can seek damages.

The bill might become a law as soon as next month.

Medaram Jathara

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